Top 4 Winter season disasters that you should be aware of
Blog Summary: SERVPRO® of Coppell and West Addison gives property owners tips on protecting themselves from winter hazards, including how to heat their homes safely, prepare for the winter, weather winter storms, and respond when disaster strikes.
SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison is a leading commercial and residential damage restoration service provider.
When families and businesses are the victims of disasters that cause widespread water and fire damage or face small-scale emergencies, the certified and trained restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison are ready to provide the needed restoration services.
1. Winter storms
When the winter season arrives with its share of weather-related challenges, it might be impossible to avoid seasonal hazards and restoration. However, homeowners can minimize the damage that wind, snow, and rain cause, by taking proactive steps before the storm hits:
- Board up the windows.
- Secure outdoor decorations and lawn furniture to protect the home from flying debris.
- Install a sump pump to handle water in the basement.
- Inspect the roof for damage before winter and repair any spots that might be vulnerable to snow and ice.
- Clean the gutters and any debris.
Winter storms are among the most devastating seasonal hazards, and restoration efforts can be expensive. Ice storms can bring down power lines and make roads impassable. Homeowners should make plans to shelter in place and protect their homes if the weather makes it difficult to get help.
2. Burst pipes due to cold snaps
The weather can turn cold suddenly in Texas. Don't leave pipes vulnerable to freezing. Burst pipes are preventable seasonal hazards, and restoration costs might not be necessary if homeowners take the following preventative steps:
- Know how to turn off the water at the first sign of a leak.
- Allow a trickle of water to flow through the pipes.
- Insulate exterior pipes.
- Open cabinets to allow warm airflow around pipes under sinks.
- Prevent pipe corrosion by using gentle cleaners to remove clogs.
3. Fires from home heating
During the winter, many homeowners and businesses use space heaters, electric blankets, and aging HVAC systems to keep warm. They also place greater demands on their water heater. Every heating element is potentially a fire hazard if it malfunctions or if homeowners fail to use it properly.
Fire damage makes it difficult to bounce back without the help of a professional fire and water damage restoration company. When firefighters put out fires with water, they leave behind water damage and prime conditions for mold. If a fire breaks out, remediate the fire and water damage as soon as possible.
4. Sewer line backups
Sewer lines can back up for several reasons, including tree roots damaging the pipe, clogs, and blocked sewer vents. Have a professional plumber snake your sewer drain lines periodically to remove clogs and service the sump pump to prevent sewer line backups in the cold winter weather.
When winter season disasters hit, call SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison
As a local restoration company, SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison proudly provides the community with seasonal hazards and restoration services. They serve the communities of Coppell, TX, and West Addison with compassion, professionalism, efficiency, and talent. The company gives customers the attentive personal service of a small company with the resources and the reach of a large one. Contact Team Shaw of SERVPRO of Coppel at (972) 233-8400.