How To Prepare Your Home For Winter Storms
Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we advise homeowners to prepare their homes and property for the coming winter storm season. Extreme weather can lead to power outages and disruption of communications, as well as damaging personal and business property and belongings. Flooding and large snow accumulations can cause travel to become extremely dangerous and even deadly, so it’s important to be prepared for many different serious situations to occur during winter here in Tennessee.
Here are three essential safety tips to help you prepare your home for the coming winter season:
- Trim bushes and trees. Remove dead trees, tall bushes, and all broken branches from around your home. These can cause injury and damage the roof of your house if they fall during extreme weather involving wind, ice, or heavy snow accumulation.
- Clear clogged rain gutters. When snow melts, it needs to be able to flow down your rain gutters and away from your roofing. If there is dirt and debris left in your gutters from last spring, the water will pool and begin to back up, possibly damaging even interior wall spaces in your home. This can even lead to mold growth, causing a need for mold removal on top of the storm damage. A rain gutter that is full of dirt can become heavy and can pull away from the building, creating another set of issues.
- Check chimney and heating equipment. Have your chimney inspected and cleaned after winter and again before it comes around again, to prevent chimney fires. Your HVAC system also needs to be inspected, and all ducts clear and ready for use. Change out all your filters in the system, as well. If you will be using space heaters, make sure they are in great shape and also that everyone in the house knows the proper way to use them. They should never be left on if there is no one in the room.
Our team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville cares about your safety and the safety of your loved ones and your property.