Winter Storm Jonas - Property Protection Tips
Heavy snow accumulation can pose a threat to your home or business; not only as it builds up, but also as it melts. Here are things to watch for:
•Watch for snow accumulation on the leeward (downwind) side of a higher-level roof, where blowing snow will collect. For safe removal that won't endanger you or damage your roof, consult a roofing contractor for a referral.
•Remove snow from basement stairwells, window wells and all walls. Melting snow can lead to water damage and moisture intrusion.
Ice dams are an accumulation of ice at the lower edge of a sloped roof. When interior heat melts the snow, water can run down and refreeze at the roof's edge, where it's much cooler. Should ice build up and block water from draining off the roof, the water is then forced under the roof covering and into your attic or down the inside walls of your property.
•Make sure your gutters are clear of leaves and debris.
•Keep the attic well ventilated so snow doesn't melt and refreeze on the roof's edge.
•Make sure the attic floor is well insulated to minimize the amount of heat rising through the attic from within the house.
Water intrusion and flood damage from melting snow and ice can threaten property, but by taking the following steps it can help minimize the potential for damage.
Immediately after the threat of physical danger has passed:
•Make sure the building is structurally safe to enter or reoccupy.
•Turn off electrical power. Do not use electricity until it is safe to do so.
•Ensure that natural gas sources are safely secured.
•Secure the exterior to prevent further water intrusion. This can include boarding up broken windows, making temporary roof repairs, sealing cracks or tacking down plastic sheeting against open gaps in walls or roofs.
When it's safe to begin cleanup:
•Disconnect all electronics/electrical equipment and move it to a safe, dry location.
•Begin to remove water-damaged materials immediately.
•Contact SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees or Hamilton/Hammonton for assistance with extraction and drying.
•By taking immediate action, you will reduce the amount of damage and increase the chance of salvaging usable materials. You'll also reduce the amount of rust, rot, mold and mildew that may develop, and lower the likelihood that the water will lead to structural problems.