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Property and casualty insurance for personal motor homes, bus conversions, & travel trailers and campers.
Dependable Travel Coverage and 24/7 Assistance, Trip/Flight Cancellation, Medical and Emergency Evacuation, Baggage Delay & Loss, and More...
Provides comprehensive professional liability coverage for architects, engineers, and surveyors with the expertise to understand a firm's needs and the authority to get the job done.

Sorry for the bad word-play in the title, but let's consider, why do pipes burst? There are four main causes:
  • Frozen pipes
  • Moving pipes/Water hammer
  • Water pressure
  • Corrosion
There are also accidental punctures but those are not usually covered.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of claims. After a pipe bursts the sooner the water is shut off the less damage is done. AIG has put together a list of water shut-off devices, pre-approved for a discount, that will detect a sudden leak and shut off the water. Some of these devices will also detect a slow leak which is important because like accidental punctures, it is not usually covered under most homeowner policies.

Extremely Cold Temperatures
Cold weather can cause serious issues when it affects the water supply pipes in your home. Although cold temperatures generally cause things to contract, ice has more volume than water so instead it expands in volume by nine percent. If the water pipes in a home freeze the pressure can build up until the pipe ruptures at a weak joint or right out the side of the pipe wall. That's when the plumbers, water mediation specialists, and remodelers are called in.

One way to prevent water pipes from bursting during extreme cold is to turn on your faucets to allow a slow but steady stream of water to escape. This will keep water moving through the pipes and, most importantly, prevent pressure from building up inside. To prevent frozen pipes, insulate exposed water supply pipes with foam pipe sleeves and don’t allow the temperature in the house to fall below 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Open cabinet doors below sinks to allow warm air to circulate around pipes

When pipes freeze and then thaw it can result in multiple frozen rooms, or septic system woes. New construction isn't safe from freezing pipes and areas that don't normally get prolonged freezing weather such as east Texas can be especially vulnerable. CPVC & PVC are more flexible than copper and thus can withstand more pressure but are not immune to it as this study on freezing shows quite dramatically.

AIG has an informational flyer you can send to your clients to help them avoid becoming a victim of a frozen pipe rupture.

Movement/Water Hammer
If water pipes aren't secured, they can sometimes move around inside the walls whenever water is suddenly turned on or off, usually by a toilet, dishwasher or washing machine. If you've ever heard pipes clanging inside walls or floors, it's called water hammer. The pipes move back and forth and gradually can weaken joints until one fails and allows pressurized water to escape. The resulting damage can be catastrophic and expensive. In most home plumbing air chambers called dampers are deliberately added to absorb the shockwave but over time the air is absorbed into the water. The cheapest fix is to restore the air in the dampers by shutting off the water and draining the system by opening spigots at the lowest and highest points, then closing the spigots and turning back on the water. Other fixes involve installing slower closing valves or lowering the water pressure.

Water Pressure Issues
A significant increase in the water pressure can lead to a burst pipe or a failed plumbing fixture such as a faucet or toilet. As pressure increases, the pipes won't be able to contain it, causing a rupture. Ironically a leaking faucet or toilet may have been caused by high pressure but is allowing the excess pressure to bleed off. Once fixed the excess pressure looks for the next weak spot. If a series of water valves fail in succession check the water pressure by attaching a pressure gauge to a sink spout and turning on the faucet. The water pressure in most homes is between 40-50 psi and should not usually exceed 60 psi. If the water pressure is too high, a plumber can install, or more likely replace a pressure reducing valve or an expansion tank to keep it at safer levels. Just replacing the leaking valves without correcting the excess pressure only increases the likelihood that the next rupture will be mid-pipe and probably behind a wall or ceiling.

Pipes are meant to last a long time, and the vast majority of them provide many decades of reliable service. However, that doesn't mean pipes will last indefinitely. Sometimes years of slow building corrosion will cause a pipe to fail. Corrosion can be caused by a pH imbalance in the water, a minor issue at first that over time becomes more and takes its toll on water pipes. If you have hard water and your water supply pipes are made of galvanized iron, the minerals inside the water slowly wear down the galvanized coating (which itself can cause dangerous lead poisoning) and expose the iron pipe beneath. In time, the iron turns to rust (iron oxide) and gradually narrows the diameter of the pipe so that water can barely get through the pipe. Your pipe may burst, or it may just close itself off and prohibit water flow altogether.

AIG's Private Client Group homeowner coverage is available for dwelling replacement cost coverage valued at $500k or more in most states.

Included and/or available are:
  • Guaranteed replacement cost - included
  • Back-up of sewers and drains - included; up to dwelling value
  • Business property - up to $25,000
  • Deductible options - up to $100,000 available
  • Primary flood - available
  • Equipment breakdown - available
  • Identity fraud restoration expenses, ATM robbery, and financial fraud, embezzlement or forgery - available
  • Traumatic threat or event recovery - available
  • Green rebuilding expenses - available
  • Waiver of deductible on losses over $50,000 - available
  • Replacement cost cash out option - included
  • Lock replacement - included; no deductible
  • Food spoilage - included
  • Loss prevention devices following a claim - included; up to $2,500 available
AIG's Private Client Program is available to registered members in all states. Check out www.bigmarkets.com and click on Affluent Program - New Business to learn more!  
Invest In Your Future Agency
Insurbanc CEO Bob Pettinicchi recently sat down with Insurance Business America to discuss how important it is for agency owners to invest in the future in order to be successful in today's market.

According to the article, agency owners should be considering acquisitions and investing in technology or people if they truly want to expand. Technology can help agencies streamline their internal process, increasing efficiency, and cutting expenditures. In order to do this, agencies must find a bank to finance these projects. The best way to secure financing is to look for a bank that understands agencies' finances and needs.

You can access the full article by clicking here.

Learn more about Insurbanc, the bank founded by and for independent agents, at www.insurbanc.com.  

Commercial Drone Usage Continues to Grow

Have you checked out the photo blog Dronestagram? This online community collects and publishes artistic drone photography. National Geographic recently reported on the fourth annual international Dronestagram contest, which recognizes outstanding drone photos in this emerging field. The first prize winner in the nature category offers a stunning aerial view of a lavender field in Provence. If you have a moment, view this gallery showcasing the top three winners and additional finalists in each category: Nature, People, Urban and Creativity.

U.S. aviation officials predict that drones "will be the most dynamic growth sector within aviation" over the next few years. With the number of commercial uses equally on the rise, the availability and necessity of drone coverage has moved to the forefront.

Those who operate a drone for hire or pay a drone operator to provide services for their business may be eligible for drone coverage under a Home Business Insurance policy from RLI, which includes coverage for designated unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with a maximum gross take-off weight (MGTOW) of 55 pounds. Most UAVs will fall into our light category with a MGTOW of up to 15 pounds. At the $1 million liability limit, anticipate per light UAV liability charges of $500 for full coverage and $350 where personal and advertising injury is not permitted.

RLI now offers drone coverage for owners who use their drones in one of our 140 eligible business classes. The most common eligible commercial uses are real estate photography, wedding and family photography, home inspections and business who provide drone services/unmanned aerial photography to others.

Owned drones can be included in business personal property coverage on a specified perils basis. This does not include crashes or lost drones but it does cover theft, fire and other specified physical damage. Rating for business personal property including UAVs is subject to our normal class rating plan.

Bodily injury and property damage coverage can be provided as well as personal and advertising injury related to drone operations in some cases.

Filings have been approved in most states, with coverage to ultimately be provided in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.*

RLI is a specialty insurance company serving niche or underserved markets. Our proven, superior underwriting model creates flexibility to write unique coverages in a wide array of diverse industries. At RLI, we streamline processes, eliminate red tape and put decision-making in the hands of our expert underwriters, giving them the resources and freedom to drive growth so producers can quickly and easily get customers the coverages they need.

Visit www.iiaba.net/HomeBusiness to learn more.

*Approval and implementation may be delayed New York. The application will require the make, model, FAA registration number and MGTOW of each covered UAV and the name and date of birth of each authorized operator. A copy of an FAA Small UAS Certificates of Registration will be required for each owned UAV and a copy of an FAA Airman Certificate or Temporary Airman Certificate will be required for each operator.  

BIM Website Training Webinar
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Be one of the first five with the correct answers and win a $5 gift card (Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts, Baskin Robbins, or Krispy Kreme).

Congratulations to this week's winners (Only the first three got all the questions correct)- Katie Vaughan (TX), James Stephenson (IA), Cheryl Sedich (CT), Kathy Lamm (IL), & Linda Worthy (SC).

1. The election or re-election of six U.S. Presidents occurred on a 7th of November. Name them. - TAYLOR - 1848, HAYES - 1876, WILSON - 1916, F. ROOSEVELT - 1944, NIXON - 1972, G. W. BUSH - 2000
2. What is the longest tenured insurance company in the U.S.? - THE PHILADELPHIA CONTRIBUTIONSHIP
3. Last week a Florida woman was charged with driving drunk. What was her "vehicle"? - HORSE

TB - In the Star Wars film franchise, who created protocol droid C-3PO? - ANAKIN SKYWALKER aka Darth Vadar

Here are the top three items that got BIM agents clicking from our last edition... see what you missed!
  1. AIG list of pre-approved water shut-off devices
  2. AIG - Winter Prep Tips for Homeowners
  3. Top 3 Winners - Best Drone Photos of the Year

Congratulations to our agent in New Hampshire on an Eagle Express sale of $6,268 in premium!  

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