Winter Weather Likely To Stick Around For A Few More Weeks

Cold weather is upon us in most of the northern states and even many of the southern states that experience a chill this time of year are finding their evenings getting a little too cold for comfort. With the cold, usually come storms, in the northern areas, that can be rain, sleet, freezing rain, snow or a blizzard. Southern states might get some flurries or freezing rain. The south’s biggest concern tends to be frost and freeze warnings. Obviously, as with any other northerner, I find the way they freak out over some flurries or frost on the ground very amusing.

While some storms just show us the beauty of nature, painting everything a beautiful shade of white with crystal ice prisms, other storms can pose a real threat to your safety. Sleet, freezing rain and that horrible, heavy wet snow is not only a major traffic hazard, that ice and snow can also be heavy enough to rip some pretty big trees right out of the ground by the roots, and that tree can crash down on your room giving you air conditioning at the worst time of the year. Something like that, insurance companies call “acts of God,” but the major point is there isn’t much anyone can do to prevent it, unless they make sure they have no trees anywhere near their property. Of course, this would escalate their cooling costs astronomically through the summer and also aesthetically make your property look a bit bare and odd.

The other dangers of those storms can certainly be mitigated so you risk little to no damage, although nothing is guaranteed, better safe than sorry. One thing you want to make sure if you are in an area that regularly gets several feet of snow is do your best to keep it to a minimum on your roof. Too much snow, especially heavy, wet snow can cause your roof to collapse. There are a couple of ways to achieve this. The first is the least expensive, but the most work. Simply get out a ladder and using a good push broom (a shovel may damage your roof), slowly and carefully clear the snow from your roof. Keep in mind while you are doing this, that your roof will be slippery, and the risk of falling is high, so you would also want to secure yourself with some type of harness attached to something sturdy like your chimney.

The other way to keep your roof snow free is quite easy although it can be a bit costly both for the installation and the electric it takes to use. There are roof heating systems that can be installed which when turned on, heat your roof and melt the snow. While I’m sure there are do it yourself kits available, I would really recommend you have a professional install such a system. Unless you are an electrician, you are dealing with some pretty complicated wiring and it’s best to let the professionals do such jobs. Remember, your physical safety is really the most important thing when using either of these methods to keep your roof snow free.

  • Frequently Asked Questions about Basement Flooding Cleanup

    How do you clean up a flooded basement?

    If the basement is only partially flooded, you may be able to pump the water out using a sump pump. If the basement is completely flooded, you will need to remove the water using a wet/dry vacuum or a submersible pump. Once the water has been removed, you will need to clean and disinfect the area to prevent mold and mildew from growing.

    How do you clean an unfinished basement after a flood?

    If your basement has been flooded, you will need to clean it as soon as possible to prevent mold and mildew from growing. Start by removing any wet items from the basement and throwing them away. Next, use a wet/dry vacuum to remove any water from the floor. Finally, use a disinfectant to clean the entire area.

    How do you disinfect after a flood?

    To disinfect after a flood, you should clean all surfaces with hot water and soap. You should also disinfect all surfaces with a bleach solution.

    What to spray in the basement after flooding to remove odors and prevent mold growth?

    Mold and mildew can start growing within 24 to 48 hours after flooding. To prevent mold growth, spray a solution of one part bleach to 10 parts water throughout the basement.

    Do you need to run dehumidifier after a flood?

    After a flood, it is necessary to run a dehumidifier to help remove moisture from the air and prevent the growth of mold.

    Will a dehumidifier remove flood waters from flooring?

    A dehumidifier will only remove flood waters from flooring if the dehumidifier is powerful enough.