Prepare for a Winter Storm in Fort Worth, TX
When a winter storm heads our way, Texans make preparations to take care of their homes and businesses.
To reduce the risk of water damage to your home due to freezing weather, insulate exposed pipes such as pipes under sinks, or in crawl spaces, garages, basements, and attics. If the outdoor temperature is below freezing, leave your indoor faucets dripping. Cover the outside faucets or leave them dripping. If your water heater is in an unheated area such as the garage or attic, it is a good idea to insulate it as well. Know where the main water cut-off valve is located, usually near the water meter, in case your pipes do freeze and burst.
To reduce the risk of fire damage to your home, be careful when using your fireplace for heat. Move flammable household items out of the area around the fireplace. Make sure the fireplace damper is open while the fire is burning. Don’t use your barbeque grill indoors.
To reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, don’t use a generator or run your car engine for heat inside your home or garage. Never turn on your oven or gas stove to heat your home. Make sure you have carbon monoxide detector, and it is working properly – this is important year-round for safety.
If your home is affected by water damage, fire damage, or smoke and soot damage, call SERVPRO of North Fort Worth for help 24/7 at (817) 232-3333.