SERVPRO of Northern Sussex County - Be Prepared for Water Damage
SERVPRO of Northern Sussex County wants you to be prepared in the event your home or business experiences a water damage. PREPARE YOUR HOME If you own a home which is unoccupied during a cold period, ensure you have ample heating fuel and that the indoor thermostat, in all areas of the home, is minimally kept at 55 degrees and ensure that you have a trusted person check the home periodically during your absence. Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells. This allows warm air to circulate around pipes. Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or uninsulated areas of your home. Consider shutting off outdoor faucets. Find the shut-off valve in the basement or crawl space and turn it to “off .” If you follow the previous step, then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shut off. Ensure gutters are clean and secure. Leaves and debris accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage. PREPARE YOUR BUSINESS Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries. Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential. Inspect all handrails, stairwells and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.