Cold-Weather Storm Damage
Damage Caused By A Cold-Weather Storm
When you think of storm damage, your mind may automatically make the leap to flood waters and lightning strikes. However, storm damage takes many forms depending on the season. During winter in Hurricane, UT, ice and snow team up to present a whole new type of damage, but with the same results: damage to your business that you’ll have to clean up. The most common wintertime culprits are:
- Frozen pipes
- A burst pipe
- Standing water
While each of these issues has its own level of severity, none of them are good for business for your commercial property, and all of them should be handled by a professional.
The average frozen pipe can be dangerous to your business’s well-being, but it can also be simple to handle if caught in time. The problem occurs when you experience freezing temperatures while your pipes have water in them. The water in the pipes freeze, obstructing liquid water from passing through. If you’re getting little or no water out of your pipes during cold weather, leave the faucet on at a trickle to help thaw the ice in your pipes.
A burst pipe is arguably the worst issue you could face when it comes to winter storm damage. If a frozen pipe is left unchecked for too long, the ice will expand and is likely to crack the surrounding pipe. This leads to a large amount of water damage in most cases and requires the assistance of both a plumber and cleanup crew to remedy.
This threat can be a result of either a burst pipe or snow and ice melt leaking through poor-quality weather stripping on your exterior doors. In any case, standing water may contain bacteria and promotes mold growth even in chilly weather, so it’s best to call in professional cleaning services if you find any puddles around your business building.
Your goal is to keep your business safe and functional throughout the seasons. Identifying and handling each of these winter storm threats should be at the top of your list in the colder months.