Winter Is a Wonderland | SERVPRO® of Sioux Falls
Winter doesn’t officially begin until Dec. 21 this year, but depending on where you are, that date may feel very early or very late. In our area and others near us, we know that winter begins much earlier with extreme lows and heavy snows, while other regions mostly slip into winter with only slightly lower temperatures than the rest of the year.
Regardless of where you are, the winter season brings a different set of threats that could leave your property with damages and your family facing the cold (or fog, or rain, or…well you get the picture).
When you know what to anticipate and how to prepare for it, you can rest easily throughout the season knowing your family is safe.
Snow-filled, freezing, rainy and mild are all ways this year’s season has been described, particularly when you take a look at the nation split into two halves.
In the Midwest and some parts of the East Coast, winter is anticipated to be a dire season with extremely low temperatures and high amounts of snow. On the West Coast, the season is predicted to be much milder with moderate temperatures and more rain than any other kind of precipitation.
From region to region these predictions will certainly vary slightly, but it is still best to prepare your home for the worst extremes in order to prevent as much potential for damage as possible.
Winter in Sioux Falls can be challenging. While we typically only see about 10 inches of snow more than the national average of 28 inches over the season, we still contend with freezing temperatures and biting winds.
Our coldest month is usually January, and our average daily temperatures are between 10 and 38 degrees. We experience a good deal of ice, which can lead to ice dams in our water and eventual flooding.
Even with the risks, outdoor adventurers will find an endless amount of activities to keep them busy, particularly when they know their home is well-prepared.
In order to enjoy sledding without worrying about your property, you should first take the time to get to know the different kinds of weather we could see in our area. Next, check your devices to make sure your weather alerts are turned on, and invest in one that will work even when the power is out so you can move to safety as quickly as possible.
Prepare an emergency kit ahead of the coldest months and store it near an interior room in your home. If you keep one packed year-round, double-check it throughout the season to ensure you have enough warm items for each member of your family. Put one in your vehicles, too, so that you can stay safe if you are caught out in the cold.
With our extreme temperatures, checking the weatherproofing on your windows and doors is crucial not only in preventing excess moisture from entering, but also in lowering your heating bill. Make sure you have a strong cover on your outdoor faucets that can hold up in the wind in order to avoid waking up to frozen pipes when the temperature creeps really low.
Repair any soft spots or loose shingles on your roof, clean your gutters and trim trees near your home in order to prevent damages. Take a look at your insulation levels in your attic space, and consider adding any needed to fill in gaps and help keep your home warm.
Winter can be the best time of year when you have prepared your home and your family. Make sure you have SERVPRO on your contacts list so that you can call us 24⁄7 if you do end up with storm-related damages. We will get restoration moving quickly so you can get back to fuzzy socks and warm hot chocolate.
If you experience damage in a winter storm, call us. We have the experience and equipment to get your home back to normal.