As of this writing, Texas is currently experiencing what’s been dubbed as a “polar vortex”. In plain language, it is incredibly cold. Sub-zero temperatures have fallen across the state, leading to all types of issues. The topic being discussed most at length is the power and water crisis. With temperatures being below freezing nearly constantly statewide, much of the power structures (renewable and fossil fuel) have literally frozen and are no longer operational. This has led to all types of issues and state officials have found themselves in a bind.
While California is not exactly known for being a haven for snowy weather and freezing temperatures, weather patterns have been steadily becoming more and more unpredictable. Areas in southern California already produce snow storms and are very familiar with the ramifications inherent to such weather.
Aside from things that can’t be addressed on an individual basis (the power grid, water supply, etc.), there are small things homeowners are currently doing in an effort to stop these cold snaps from wreaking havoc on their homes and businesses. Here is a short list of easy things you can do right now that may help prevent your property from taking damage:
- As the weather gets colder, be sure to open your faucets to prevent them from freezing. Moving water is much less likely to freeze and cause a pipe burst.
- Run your heater. Higher temperatures will prevent ice from forming or accumulating in central areas in your home or business.
- Prepare for the worst. In the event California experiences a similar event to Texas, be sure you have an emergency preparedness kit ready. Canned food, candles, and other such items will definitely come in handy if we lose utility services.
Again this is an unlikely scenario and with these tips, you should be able to mitigate most if not all damage a winter storm may bring. If all else fails and you find yourself in a situation where your home or business has experienced damage, be sure to call SERVPRO of Chino/Chino Hills. While cold weather brings a unique set of challenges to the table, it’s nothing that our team of trained professionals can’t handle.