Prepare for Severe Winter Weather
Bergen County is no stranger to severe winter weather. When the wind and snow come roaring through as a blizzard, or nor'easter,heavy snowfall and hurricane-force gusts will render roads impassable, down power lines and bring life to a standstill.
With the right precautions in place, you may be able to ride out the storm with your home and your family’s safety intact. Your best defense is a great offense.
Winterize Your Home
These following precautions can be very helpful in the run-up to any winter storm or freezing condition:
- Exposed water pipes should be wrapped with newspapers or a plastic wrap, and faucets should be turned on to allow a trickle to come through to prevent freezing and pipes bursting.
- Leaking roofs need to be patched or re-freezing precipitation could widen gaps and bring in more water and cold.
- Clogged gutters should be cleared of fallen leaves and twigs to let liquid flow and not get a chance to freeze so gutters weigh down.
Dress for the Storm
- Outside Apparel: If you must be outside, keep warm and dry. Cover yourself from scalp to sole with a hat, a scarf and a water-repellent outer layer. Use mittens instead of gloves because keeping your fingers close together helps with insulation.
- Inside apparel: Even in the comfort of your own home, you should add an extra, secondary layer—especially if and when the power goes out.
Taking proper steps and being prepared, can save you the expense and headache of broken pipes, water damage or any other storm issues. But if you DO need storm cleanup, you know you can turn to SERVPRO of Hackensack/Little Ferry!