Can Your Business Afford to Lose $3,000 a Day?

business_interrupt_thinkstockphotos186928593The recent storms that swept across the country shut many businesses down for days on end. Downtime like that can cost your business big bucks: The Symantec 2011 SMB Disaster Preparedness Survey revealed that disasters cost inoperable small businesses an average of $3,000 a day. Most people would never consider opening a business without coverage for things like fires and weather events. But many small business owners don’t think about how they would manage if a fire or other disaster made their building temporarily unusable. A business that has to close down completely while the premises are being repaired may lose out to competitors—or even end up going out of business. The good news is that you can protect your business with business interruption insurance. Business interruption insurance covers the revenue you would have earned (based on your financial records) had the disaster not occurred. The policy also covers continuing operating expenses (like electricity) that continue even though business activities have come to a temporary halt.… Read More

Frozen Water Pipes Still a Danger

Intro-e1392216716609Your home is your castle, and nothing beats a warm night inside when the cold sweeps in. But while your home protects you from bone-chilling weather, it’s under attack from blowing winds and frigid chills. One of the biggest dangers to your home during this time of year is frozen water pipes. There is still plenty of time for Mother Nature to wreak havoc this winter. Help spare your home by following these tried-and-true tips for preventing frozen pipes. What causes frozen water pipes and what makes them burst? Find out why pipes freeze and what causes them to rupture. What can I do to prevent pipes from freezing? Protection is key, so learn what you can do ahead of time to protect your pipes from winter’s coldest temperatures. What can I do to protect my pipes from freezing if I didn’t freeze-proof my home before now? Don’t fret if you didn’t have time to put long-term solutions in place.… Read More