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The top winter weather-related claims are attributable to water (roof damage from snow melt), fire (from space heaters and fireplaces), freeze (leading to frozen pipes), and wind (damaged roofs and siding). Implement by peril models to ensure the correct premium is being charged for the exposure. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Insurers should make sure they have a strong retention process to avoid losing current customers. (Photo: Shutterstock)

To stay ahead, insurers should be automatically updating permit, roof and other property characteristics, as well as policy specific changes that may affect pricing, eligibility and clients hopping behavior. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Make sure you’ve implemented automated processes that can flag your system for any suspicious activity and potential fraud risks. (Photo: Shutterstock)

In order to keep your claims handling running smoothly all year, add new data sets quickly through a single point of entry to make information easily digestible and accelerate claims handling. (Photo: Shutterstock)

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For many Americans on the East Coast, this year’s weather is proving to be more prone to change than ever. Barely three months into 2018, it’s not clear when winter will officially end.

Denny Jacob

Denny Jacob is a staff reporter for PropertyCasualty360.com. Contact him at djacob@alm.com.

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