Tips to Avoiding Fire and Floods in the Winter

The cost of a fire damage repair or flood damage repair is a home or business owner’s worst nightmare. You do everything that you can to ensure that your property is well protected; however, during the winter months, many people are unaware that there are more hazards to contend with, which means you have to be even more vigilant to ensure you are protected. Fire and flood prevention in the winter months may require a bit more effort, but with these simple tips, you can ensure that you, your loved ones and your property will be well protected.

Turn Off Exterior Faucets

Before the temperatures plummet, make sure that all exterior faucets are turned off. If there is any water left in these faucets, you could be dealing with serious issues. Water left in outdoor faucets can easily freeze, which can lead to a pipe burst and a flood, which will then lead to the need for a water damage repair. Shut off the water flow to all exterior faucets from the main shut-off valve, and make sure you drain any remaining water left in the faucets.

Check the Foundation

Make sure you check around the foundation of your home or office. Look for any areas where water may be pooling. If you notice any pooling water, have it drained and have the issue corrected to avoid future pools of water from developing. Any water that is left around the foundation of your property could freeze in the cold weather, which could lead to cracks. Moisture can seep into those cracks, which can lead to water damage and mold growth; two problems that you definitely don’t want to contend with.

Stop Ice Dams from Forming

Ice dams are the result of improper insulation and air leaks. As snow and ice collects on your roof, melts and re-freezes, it can cause a leak in the roof, which can lead to extensive damage. Make sure you have your roof and insulation inspected to ensure that everything is in good condition.

Have Your Chimney Inspected and Cleaned

One of the leading causes of fire in the winter is the result of dirty and/or damaged chimneys. Make sure you have your chimney thoroughly inspected and cleaned before you light your first fire of the season. A flue that is not working properly, cracks in the motor and ash and creosote buildup can be extremely dangerous and can cause improper ventilation and the risk of fire.

Have the HVAC System Inspected

Make sure you have your HVAC system properly inspected before you turn on your heat. During the inspection, all of the elements of the system will be inspected, including ductwork and filters. Repairs and filter changes can prevent the risk of needing a fire damage restoration company.

Clear Vents

Make sure that all heating vents are cleared from obstructions. Remove any furnishings, draperies or any other items that may be blocking the vents. Obstructions can prevent the heat from circulating, which can impact your utility bills, and can also increase the risk of a fire.

To make sure that your property is safe from fire and flood this winter, make sure you exercise these precautionary tips to keep your home, your business, and everyone who enters both, well protected.