It isn’t unusual during the winter months with snow, wind and freezing temperatures for homes and businesses to lose power at some point. Hopefully the loss of power is short lived, but depending on the severity of the damage this may go on for days. Days without power during the winter can be more than just an inconvenience, it can also put your home at risk.
As New Englanders, for the next several months we will be bracing ourselves for the inevitable snowstorms and widespread power outages that go along with this time of year. While we may not be able to prevent this, there are some steps that you can take to prepare your home and your family in anticipation of losing power. These steps will protect your home from damage caused by the loss of power, or more specifically heat, while also making the situation more comfortable. This is particularly important when the power is out for an extended period of time.
Depending on the size of the leak, the signs of ceiling water damage can vary greatly, from a wet, dripping ceiling to a small stain. Regardless of the size, the leak should be addressed immediately to prevent further damage and potential mold growth.
A flood in your home or business is never a good thing, but the damage that the water can do to your electronics can be irreparable. The best way to protect your electronics from water damage in the future is by taking some proactive steps now.
Mold is never something that you want to see in your home. Some varieties can be dangerous to the health of you and your family. The challenge with mold is that it can thrive anywhere that has moisture and a food source. This includes walls, carpets, air ducts and ceiling tiles to name a few. The effects of mold in the home range from allergy problems to more serious respiratory infections.
While it is difficult to eliminate mold entirely the following tips can help to prevent excessive mold growth in your home.