Preparing Your Fort Worth Area Home For Winter
SERVPRO of North Fort Worth is available to respond to your storm damage loss. Let us assist with stressful details so you can have fun outdoors.
You only need to spend a short time making sure your Fort Worth home is in great shape for the winter, but it will give you peace of mind and help to prevent expensive problems.
- Schedule an inspection for the HVAC system or furnace and change the filters.
- Check the drainage in your yard and around the foundation of your house, and clean out the rain gutters around the roof.
- Clean your chimney and fireplace.
- Test the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace the batteries if needed.
- Cover the outdoor faucets and protect pipes.
- Check your trees. Remove dead trees or dead branches, and make sure no branches are touching your roof or your home’s exterior walls.
- Contact your utility company to get an energy audit.
- Put away your yard care equipment and patio furniture.
- Pack a survival kit of food, water, flashlights, and essential things you will need if the power goes off.
If you do notice water in your home from a heavy storm or a broken pipe, be sure to call SERVPRO of North Fort Worth right away at (817) 232-3333.
Preparing for Spring Storms
Severe storm season is just a couple months away. North Texas has been a target very often. Many times when moments like this occur, our cities and towns are not able to hand the onslaught of rain due to the fact it may not be typical to get so much in such a little time. Below are some tips which were provided by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) to help you prepare your home or business for a flood.
Before the Flood:
- Have a qualified professional elevate the furnace, water heater, and electric panel is susceptible to flooding.
- Install "check valves" in sewer traps to prevent floodwater from backing up into the drains of your home or business.
- Seal walls in basements with waterproofing compounds to help avoid seepage.
During the Flood:
- Turn off all utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so.
- Disconnect electrical appliances.
- Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.
- Do not walk through moving water. Even six inches or moving water can make you fall.
After the Flood:
- Listen for news reports to learn if the community's water supply is safe to drink.
- Avoid floodwaters. Water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline, or raw sewage. Water may also be electrically charged.
- Stay out of any building if it is surrounded by floodwaters.
- Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.
As always, our team at SERVPRO of North Fort Worth is part of the larger, national Brand of SERVPRO Industries. In the event of a storm or flood, our teams have the ability to call in reinforcements. Know that you can trust SERVPRO of North Fort Worth to put your home or business back together, “Like it never even happened.”