Summer storms can be bad, but winter storms should not be taken lightly either. Like summer storms these can vary in terms of severity. Sometimes there is just heavy rain, but in many such instances people have to deal with sustained blizzards. The temperature will not only drop significantly, there will be heavy snow buildup.
Winter storms often lead to wide ranging power outages. Many homes are damaged by heavy snow with roofs getting the brunt of the damage. These are just a few of the reasons why you should be adequately prepared.
- Stay tuned to broadcasts of warnings or any public safety notices as winter nears. Sign up to receive alerts from websites or emergency services.
- Make an emergency plan with members of your family and make sure that everyone knows the details. This is especially important for disabled or elderly family members as well as children.
- If you can afford it, buy a generator so you can be ready for a power outage. Stock up on batteries and flashlights, and make sure all your devices are charged.
- Prepare an emergency kit to get you through the winter storm. This kit should have first aid supplies, extra clothes and blankets and canned food.
- Get your property ready, and take steps to shield the house from damage. Cut away branches that are too near to the house. If necessary, cut down trees that could fall onto the house. Make sure that your gutters are not clogged or ice could build up and keep water from running off the roof.
- Check your home’s insulation to ensure that it is in good condition. Look for cracks leaky seals and apply caulk if necessary. Check windows and doors to see if there is any chance of heat loss.
- Get your chimney cleaned before winter starts. You will have to use your fire place so you should be sure that the chimney is in good shape.
- Check all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in the home. Every room should have one of these devices, and you should always have extra batteries.
It may become necessary to leave the home if conditions worsen, so get your car checked and fill the tank. You can keep a few extra supplies in the trunk in case you have to leave in a hurry.
Chimney Services in Bryn Mawr
Give us a call at 610-626-2439 to schedule your chimney cleaning, chimney inspection, dryer vent cleaning, or utility flue cleaning and inspection. We’ll schedule your appointment as quickly as possible and get you on the books. Call soon, because fall and winter appointments fill up fast!