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Rain is more abundant than snow in the Portland area. However, that doesn’t mean that snowstorms never happen. According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the Pacific Northwest’s snowiest periods of the year will be from mid-December through January. Now that winter is well underway, prepare for a snowstorm to prevent damage to your home or business. ServiceMaster of Portland compiled the tips below to help you make it through winter with minimal water damage.
- Bring in any outside items that might get damaged or you may need during the storm.
- Inspect your roof for damage. Replace missing shingles and fill cracks around your
- It’s also important to have access to a shovel and ice melt.
- Schedule a yearly chimney cleaning to make sure you can safely burn a fire in your home.
- Create an emergency kit for your home with the essentials. Include clothing, food, water, fuel for your fireplace or wood-burning stove and a flashlight.
- Communicate a snowstorm plan with the members of your household. Decide how you’ll contact each other and where to meet after the storm if you aren’t together.
- Weatherproof your home so that it retains heat if your power goes out. Do this by filling gaps around doors and windows with weather stripping. Make sure your walls are properly insulated and add insulation to unfinished attics and basements.
- Fill your car with supplies like blankets, water and snacks. You may unexpectedly run into poor conditions while driving.
- Check the tread on your tires. If your tread looks low, change your tires so your car doesn’t slip and slip in icy conditions.
- Test your battery. Cold weather can affect your battery’s usability.
- Check your fluids, change your oil and make sure you have enough antifreeze.
- Keep your gas tank more than half full in cold temperatures.
- Pay attention to your local weather alert system and the news.
- Check on neighbors and friends. Elderly people, children and pets may need more care during this time.
- Stay inside until weather conditions improve. Even when the storm passes, slippery sidewalks and roads can cause dangerous situations.
- Scatter ice melt or sand on your sidewalk and driveway.
- Take care if you need to shovel snow. Overexertion is easy while doing an activity you’re not used to in cold weather.
- Avoid driving until roads are cleared.
We hope the tips above help you avoid damage due to cold temperatures and snow. The Portland area doesn’t receive a lot of snow but when it does, damage can occur. The key to avoiding damage is to be prepared ahead of time. ServiceMaster of Portland has over 50 years of experience restoring water, fire and mold damage in the Portland Metro area. Contact us day or night for emergency water restoration services. Our team of experts uses leading industry protocols and standards to provide the high-quality service our customers deserve.
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