Preparing for Winter Storms
Preparing for a winter storm is the best way to stay safe during and after the storm has subsided. A variety of property issues, accidents and injuries are common during a storm, but there are preventative actions you can take to eliminate those risks and lessen your worry when a winter storm hits.
- Stock up on supplies including salt and shovels. Salt driveways and walkways before the storm and be sure to keep them free of snow and ice.
- Power outages are common, so it is important to have extra clothing or blankets ready to keep warm as well as supplies such as flashlights and enough food and water to remain safe.
- Frozen pipes are another problem to look out for. You should insulate any exposed pipes, close the indoor valves where water travels outside of the home, and open any outdoor valves to keep excess water from remaining and freezing. If the pipes do freeze, you can use a heating pad or hot towels to thaw them.
- To ensure that cold air doesn’t enter your home, seal any openings in your doorways and windows and repair any signs of damage to your walls or roof. After a large snowstorm, snow should be removed from the roof in order to prevent a possible roof collapse or water leaking into the home as the snow melts.
Following these preventative guidelines and safety measures in the event of a storm can help keep you and your family safe as well as save you from water damage in your home. Water and storm damage can be costly and overwhelming, so our team at SERVPRO of Cecil County is always here to help. We offer 24-hour emergency services for our local homeowners and businesses in Cecil County.