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The Arctic Outbreak: Ways to Protect Your Home or Business

Posted by Keegan Wetzel

Nov 10, 2014 1:55:00 PM

The lowest temperatures of this fall/winter season will take place in the next week throughout most of the U.S., even potentially bringing snow to a large portion of the Midwest. These conditions are the result of a developing pressure system in the Pacific off the coast of Alaska and are projected to bring, on average, temperatures 10 to thirty degrees colder than those typically seen this time of the year. Pressure from this storm will cause a massive dip in the jet stream which will drive arctic air down into much of North America and will affect regions across the country and causing more than two thirds of the U.S. to see temperatures below average. Since the front is coming in from the Central Northwest, the cold front isn’t expected to reach the East coast until the end of this week – with the coldest temperatures taking place on Friday and Saturday. The threat of winter’s conditions arriving so soon along with a significant drop in temperatures could result in weather related accidents or problems for a business. Over three billion dollars in property damage was reported from winter storms in early 2014, and twenty five percent of businesses involved in a major property disaster do not reopen. In order to be able to maintain your schedule through any weather mishaps, both personally and professionally, it is important to take some necessary preventative steps against water damage to brace for the cold to come.

-          Inspect home/facilities for any damaged water lines and potential air draft problems. Test heating systems and, if you have them, freeze prevention devices. Make any necessary repairs before it gets too cold or a potential problem becomes worse.

-          It is important to keep the cold out as much as possible, so you may need to seal small openings that allow drafts to come inside with caulk, foam, or additional insulation in colder parts of the building.

-          Also imperative is keeping as much warmth as possible in, doing all possible to not let the cold interrupt any facility functions – make sure all areas containing water lines are heated and you may also want to think about insulating water pipes with foam tubes.

-          Paying attention to water flow is crucial in preventing pipe-freezing problems, and they have sophisticated systems available to control by computer or thermostat to notify you if flow is beginning to suffer due to cold.

o   The very light running of faucets may also deter potential freezing of pipes

If a weather related damage does happen to occur some steps to minimize damage include:

o   Shut off main water valves

o   If pipes are frozen but haven’t burst, remove ice plug and heat the area

o   Implement any weather emergency response/continuity plans you may have

o   Contact a water remediation contractor

o   Record descriptions and pictures of any damages for documentation.

With the coldest temperatures of the year coming soon, keeping these techniques in mind and acting on them will lessen the chance of a weather related setback for you or your business.  To learn more about winter preventative measures give us a call at (703)683-6601 or click the button below.

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