Winter Storms Are Coming—Are You Ready? | SERVPRO® of West Milwaukee
Lake Michigan winters are a different level of winter, and they require preparation. A wait-and-see attitude toward winter in Milwaukee will have you up to your neck in snow with no power and no heat.
Winter’s risks should never be minimized or overlooked, so whether you’re a Milwaukee lifer or new to the area, it’s a good idea to go over some of the necessary preparations as we head into the bitter cold of the cold season.
When Jack Frost is nipping at…well, everything, you’ll be glad you created an emergency action plan to keep your family safe and connected during winter storms. In case of evacuation they’ll know what to do, where to meet and how to stay in touch.
Get your family vehicles ready for winter, too. Check batteries to make sure they’ll last and crank through the tough winter cold, top off all your fluids, and make sure your tires and brakes are in good shape.
Check the status of your home and car emergency kits as well, ensuring you have the water, medicine and supplies you would need to survive and outage, evacuation or otherwise-stuck situation.
Frozen pipes are the bane of every cold-weather homeowner’s existence, so keeping them insulated and keeping water flowing freely has got to be a priority when the thermometer is at chilling levels.
Speaking of insulation, make sure your attic is adequately insulated and your windows are sealed, so that warm air isn’t escaping and cold air isn’t intruding.
Check your heat sources—if you use a gas or electric HVAC system, let a pro do any necessary maintenance or repairs before winter pushes your unit to its limit and threatens to overwhelm it. If you use wood, clean out your chimney or furnace to ensure safe use through the winter, and stock up on some extra wood in case you get shut inside.
With rare exception, dogs and cats aren’t meant for the kind of cold we experience here. Bring your pets inside to enjoy the comforts of home during the winter.
If you do have cold weather breeds or livestock, make sure they always have non-frozen water available, as well as somewhere to take shelter.
Dangerous floods and ice dams are a real threat after winter storms and precipitation, so keep an eye on your roof for any potential damage from ice dams, and keep your notifications turned on from a trusted weather source for updates about potential thaw flooding.
If winter weather should bring damage or flooding to your home or business, contact SERVPRO for fast, restorative solutions.