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I can remember when Hurricane Hugo hit Charleston. I remember all of the “hoop-la” about getting ready and being prepared. I thought that this was all media hype. Looking back, I was just not wise (I would venture to say, dumb!)
Well, here we are. We have a winter storm (supposedly) coming that is going to make the roadways icy. The report that we just got was that they may have between a quarter to a half an inch of ice. Tonight the low is going to be around 37°F tonight, and tomorrow the high is supposed to be 37°F. Tomorrow night there is a prediction of freezing weather (sleet and possibly snow).
Doctor’s offices, our payroll office and others have already said that they are closing early tomorrow and closing on Wednesday because of the weather.
Of course, I am saying to myself…”this is crazy… it is not going to be that bad”. What is all this “hoop-la” about. Well, look back to the first paragraph. I didn’t think Hugo was going to be a big deal either.
All of that to say this… over the past few weeks, we have had a few days that have been very cold, freezing cold. I have a friend that has a Water Damage and Restoration business, and he has ALL of his equipment out right now. He is working on 6 water damage jobs, and turning others away.
About a year and a half ago, my wife and I had two water damage claims within one month. The first was a ac drain pipe that was not secured properly (our AC was NOT put in by Arctic Air, which is another blog post that I will do). Anyway, this was not a big deal, but it disrupted our lives. We had to have an upstairs and downstairs wall dried out. It was miserable. Our house was extremely hot due to this process in the middle of summer. We were miserable.
We have had a few customers that have had water damage issues due to frozen pipes. These water damage problems have to be properly dried or else it is possible to get mold growing inside your walls. This causes a lot of health issues, and costs a lot of money.
Please prepare for this cold weather. Insulate your pipes. Let water drip so that it doesn’t freeze. Here is a post that I did a few weeks ago. It is definitely worth reviewing.