Winter Storm Prep

Winter Storm Prep

Have you prepped your home for the upcoming frost?

The first frosts in the U.S. begin as early as September.

According to The Old Farmer's Almanac, Winter 2014-2015, is expected to be "another cold one in the eastern half to two-thirds of the nation with above-normal temperatures, on average, in the West."

Winter Storms can immobilize an entire region bringing about utility loss and water damage due to freezing pipes and broken water mains.

Almost 22 percent of all homeowner's insurance claims can be attributed to water damage and freezing, with an average $4,024 per claim, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.).

Taking precautions and being prepared for the new season is the best way to prevent water damage to your home or business!

Follow these Winter Storm Prep Tips to keep your home, family, and business prepared for the winter chill!

  • Stay tuned to local alerts, radio, and other news sources for weather-related information. NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts alerts and warnings directly from the National Weather Service (NWS) for all hazards. You may also sign up in advance to receive notifications from your local emergency services.
  • Stock up on items to help you with snow and ice. Stock up on snow shovels or other snow removal equipment as well as rock salt, sand, or kitty litter to melt ice on walkways and improve traction. A back-up generator can be extremely useful if the power goes out! Be sure to locate unit away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors. Check out an extensive supply kit recommended by the American Red Cross.
  • Check your Pipes. It can be worth having a plumber reroute at-risk pipes to protected areas or adding pipe sleeves to protect them from the cold. You can also let a faucet drip during extreme cold weather to reduce pressure and offer constant flow from both hot and cold lines. Know where your home's main water shut off valve is located to prevent water damage. If your home is on a city water supply, the shut off valve is typically located close to your water meter, or an exterior access point near the crawl space. In nearly all plumbing emergencies, you will need to shut off the water supply.

If you suspect water damage or mold, take immediate action and call AdvantaClean @ 877-800-2382

  • Perform a home inspection and winter storm prep cleaning. Clear rain gutters, repair roof leaks, and cut away tree branches that could fall on a house or neighboring structure during or following a storm. Keep pathways and driveways clear between storms to avoid buildup of snow piles and icing. Have your roof inspected for cracks and compromised or missing shingles to prevent water entry and mold damage in your home!

More Info.? Check out Winter Blackout: How to Stay Safe!