Heavy rainfall and then flash freezing tonight?!?
I have never paid more attention to weather in my whole life than I have this year, and it’s only February 2nd! Since 2014,
I have been more aware of weather issues locally and while on vacation. It seems that water has been the main issue (okay, snow was an early 2015 issue for us for sure), but floods have occurred in places that have never experienced flood before. Water damage has occurred from not just the usual suspects, but the unusual – I never heard of ice damming before 2015. And today, they have been warning Nova Scotians of heavy rainfall and then flash freezing tonight. Wow, I’ve never heard of a flash freeze outside of a Batman movie before.
Are you afraid of water damage to your home?
It’s probably too late to call someone to your home to fix anything that is an issue with your home because the rain has already started, the cold is coming and it’s almost the weekend. But it’s not too late for you to do what you can to prevent or reduce damage.
Stop the mold!
That water can promote mold growth in your home and that can be a serious problem for your home and your family. Do what you can to prevent mold from forming and if it does form, stop it from spreading. Know what to do and what NOT to do!
Use a wet vac, fans and dehumidifiers to get rid of water BEFORE mold starts!
What to do: work fast to get rid of the water! But safely…
- so don’t enter a room with standing water until electricity has been turned off
- don’t use a regular household vacuum to remove water
- do NOT disturb visible mold
- don’t turn up the heat as that will promote mold growth
Do the following instead if you experience water damage
- Call a professional for help sooner than later – water damage can lead to mold if not taken care of (in the wrong conditions, mold can spread quickly)
- To prevent mold growth, lower the temperature and humidity
- Remove as much water as possible (remember to turn off the electricity before heading into a room with standing water)
- Use dehumidifiers, fans and open windows if you can (remember, to be safe – water and electrical appliances is a hazard)
- Call your insurance broker or company to start the claim process – they may be able to get a cleanup crew on site quickly
I’ve already shared some Winter tips already on my other blogs, but I just came across a few more webpages. I hope you find all of this information useful and that it motivates you to walk around your place, checking the inside and outside to find [potential] problems so you can take appropriate steps to fix them.
While you may have insurance protection – who needs the disruption and hassle of dealing with a preventable problem. Stay safe and stay warm!