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February 2015

• February 18, 2015 • No comments yet

In our never-ending quest to avert the need for water damage repair in Greenville, SC, we want to focus on winterizing your roof as we head into spring. If you think it’s too early to start planning, think again. If you’re going to get substantial work done on your roof before next winter, start planning now and schedule it as soon as possible. Many roofers are booking into the fall already and you may have to act quickly to get work done before next winter. Here are some tips to consider.

As the weather clears, it’s a great time to inspect your home because you can jump on any new damage you find. The easiest place to start, of course, is inside. Look for stains and drips that might signal a leaking roof. Look outside for dislodged bricks or siding. As you check the roof, look carefully around any penetrations such as skylights, pitch pockets, vent pipes, etc.

Remove any loose material that’s on the roof. This will make it easier to see the repairs that are needed.

Clean out the gutters. Clogged gutters can add strain to your roof.

Test out any HVAC or other systems that have components on the rooftop. Make sure the equipment is not rusting and is secured to the roof. Check any flashings surrounding the machinery.

If you have to clean snow and ice from the roof, follow sensible safety precautions. Don’t do it in the dark. Aim to do it around midday when it’s warmest. And work with a buddy. It’s terribly important to have help if you need it.

Lastly, as with so many maintenance issues, the sooner you get a roof fixed the smaller the costs will be. Water damage repair in Greenville, SC occurs with alarming frequency, and those who wait longest spend the most.

• February 18, 2015 • No comments yet

Wait.  When hurricane season is months away, why read an article in the wintertime about disaster services in Columbia, SC?  We’re taking a look now because how fast a company or family can bounce back from a hurricane depends on how much planning they’ve done in advance. The earlier you start, the better off you’ll be.

Let’s start with IT prep. You might think this only applies to companies, but what if your computer and backup drive are in the same place and both get destroyed? A residence may not have millions of records on which thousands of customers depend, but your work in progress, your memorabilia, and your plans need protection. Where can you store a backup offsite? And what’s the plan if you do lose computer hardware? It’s worth having that thought through ahead of time.

Second, how long can you go without power? What’s the plan when an outage exceeds that limit? Do you need a generator? If you already have one, is it in working order? Do you have gas stored securely in case the local gas stations are out of power or out of gas? In short, how fast can you get that generator up and running? Fixing one in the dark is not a good plan.

Third, think protection. How will you protect your home and what supplies do you need ahead of time? Running to the hardware store in the middle of a hurricane warning is something to avoid – if you can.

Fourth, practice. Spend an hour running through prep for a hurricane and what you will be doing when the wind blows and in the aftermath. This will uncover gaps in the planning. More important, practice as a family or company together, so everyone knows the plan, knows where to meet, etc. Getting feedback from participants not only improves the plan, it creates engagement – people are invested in doing this well. Repeat this periodically to ingrain the plan in everyone’s memory.

Lastly, as the Ghostbusters movie put it, who you gonna call? Have a list of emergency numbers and friends in your cell phone and a plan to call friends if you need a place to stay and professionals to handle insurance and storm damage. And for disaster services in Columbia specifically, make sure Catastrophe Services are on your list: 800-952-6106.

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