3 Ways to Prepare for a Winter Storm
Winter brings a sense of wonder and enjoyment. It also brings freezing temperatures and snow and ice storms. Although many of us look forward to seeing some precipitation this time of year, winter storms can cause damage to you and your home. Each year, these events bring down trees, increase the number of car accidents, and result in several water damages. Fortunately, you can take some preventative steps and still enjoy the winter season.
How You Can Prepare
1. Insulate your pipes. When temperatures drop below freezing, the water in your pipes can freeze. Because water expands when it freezes, once the ice begins to thaw, the increased pressure often causes these pipes to burst. To help avoid such an incident, ensure your pipes are well-insulated, especially if they’re exposed!
2. Equip your vehicle with an emergency kit. We strongly advise that you avoid the roads when the conditions are poor, but sometimes you just can’t help it. In any case, pack your vehicle with an emergency kit in case you get stuck or injured. Prepare a blanket, a first-aid kit, and even some food to hold you over until help arrives!
3. Check your home’s structure. When snow and ice melt, they transition back into water. Unfortunately, if there are cracks or any other deficiencies in your home’s structure, this water will intrude on your home. This relatively slow leak can lead to long-term structural damage, particularly in the form of mold growth. In preparation, have your home’s structure inspected, and have any known issues addressed!
Emergency Cleanup and Restoration Services
While we hope you have fun this winter, taking some time to prepare can go a long way in the future. If you do have water damage, however, you don’t have to deal with it on your own. SERVPRO of Iredell County’s highly trained team is available 24/7, so give us a call at (704) 872-7466!