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3 Tips for Enduring a Winter Storm

2/6/2019 (Permalink)

When temperatures drop below freezing, pipes are at risk of freezing and bursting, such as in the image above!

This winter has seemed particularly brutal with its record-breaking snowstorm, below-freezing temperatures, and the occasional ice storms. These events have caused distress and induced damage on properties throughout Alexander and Caldwell Counties. While a winter storm can be disruptive, there are some things you can do to minimize the impact and endure it.

  1. Assemble an Emergency Survival Kit. You never know how long a storm could keep you cooped up, which is why it’s best to prepare for the worst. Your kit should plan for all sorts of contingencies—lack of heat, power outages, and more. You can find a helpful inventory list on the Center for Disease Control’s official website.

  1. Stay Off the Roads. In some cases, it might not be feasible to stay home, but if the roads are treacherous, it’s best to stay off the roads. If you must drive, go slow and avoid backroads.

  1. Be Wary of Frozen Pipes. When temperatures drop below freezing, exposed or poorly insulated pipes are at risk of freezing. Know how to thaw frozen pipes and be prepared to react should they burst. They’re more than just an inconvenience—they can lead to some significant damage.

Although spring is approaching, weather can be relatively unpredictable. In the event of another winter storm, be sure to follow the above tips and be prepared to wait it out. But if your property sustains storm-related damage, you can call SERVPRO of Alexander & Caldwell Counties at any time!

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