It’s Time to Prepare for Winter Storms and Extreme Weather
Lowell isn’t exactly Westeros, but make no mistake—winter is coming.
Some of you have been looking forward to this season since March, and others of you have been dreading it since the first leaf fell. But loving or hating winter won’t do anything to change the fact that living in Lowell means dealing with winter storms.
If winter weather gets heavy and hazardous, you’re going to be glad you’ve prepared an emergency action plan. Having a plan will help maintain your family’s safety in a potential crisis.
Vehicle prep is part of this preparation as well, as it may be time to rotate or replace tires, refill fluids and check the condition of your battery. You want to equip your car to be as reliable and safe as possible during the difficult cold of winter.
Make sure to keep emergency kits in the home and in the car, to help you if power is out or you get stuck on the road.
Frozen pipes are a difficult reality for cold-weather homeowners, and a real hassle if you have to deal with one. Let faucets drip when weather is bitter cold, and insulate pipes as you can, especially outdoor nozzles.
It’s time for a heat check as well. Examine your home’s HVAC units, and let a professional conduct any needed seasonal maintenance. Better to do it now, before the worst of things sets in and pushes your unit to the limit.
If you use wood-burning appliances for any heat, keep extra wood on-hand for times when getting out may be unsafe or you lose power. Always keep your fireplace clean of ash and soot, and handle any fire with care.
Your pets simply aren’t designed for the kind of cold we see here in Lowell. Bring them indoors for the colder months, and make a comfortable spot for them to call their own.
Keeping livestock outdoors, of course, is unavoidable, but you can help them by providing reliable shelter and a constant source of water—just don’t let it freeze.
As heavy snows and built-up ice thaw, floods and ice dams can occur, causing trouble locally in waterways, or hyper-locally on your own roof.
Let local alerts and weather apps keep you abreast of any potential area hazards during winter months.
If winter weather should bring damage or flooding to your home or business, contact SERVPRO for fast, restorative solutions.