Flooding continues in North and South Carolina.
While rivers are slowly beginning to recede, they are still well above flood stage in several eastern counties. Flood warnings and advisories remain in effect in many areas. Roads are impassable, barricaded or washed away. Evacuations are still being conducted.
Work and results will be delayed until it is safe and contractors are able to get to the properties.
It is hard to believe, but it is that time of year to begin taking the appropriate steps to protecting your properties from freeze damage. Cooler temperatures are upon us, and soon many areas of the country will be battling freezing to subzero temperatures.
In various parts around the country, the lack of winterization will almost certainly result in freeze damage; including broken pipes, cracked fixtures, toilets and water closets. Beyond these direct damages, the consequential damages to ceilings, walls, floors, cabinets, etc. can be catastrophic. Furthermore, ice, which expands to damage your pipes and fixtures in its solid state, subsequently turns back to its liquid state adding a moisture source to your property, providing a perfect environment for rampant mold growth and all its resulting damages. If not identified and properly addressed, the very viability of the property may be in jeopardy. Unprotected properties have been found with waterfalls cascading over ice from the third floor all the way to the cellar. Horror stories include police reporting a safety risk due to ice forming in the road which was then tracked back up the driveway to the overflowing cellar. Winterization protects your property from these types of damages, thus saving your company thousands of dollars per property. While it carries a cost, winterization is a prudent investment in your property.
Many areas of the country have or will start winterizing soon. The dates vary throughout the country and by investor. Some customers are opting for winterizing year-round. This assures you the property is protected. It removes the rush, workload peak, and risk of missing a property. It is difficult if you are sitting in Honolulu, Miami, Atlanta, or some other warm sunny location to maintain the proper focus on protecting your Denver, Madison, and Boston properties from freeze damage, but it is time and effort well spent. Don't put it off. A sudden cold snap will put you in the unnecessary high stressed position of needing a rush order and the risk of significant damage to your asset.
It is indeed time to be getting your properties winterized. Soon our friends in Minneapolis will consider a high of 38 a heat wave! And the folks in Miami will be shaking their heads in disbelief that anyone can survive in such an environment. Make sure your properties have been properly prepared to survive the freeze conditions that will soon be upon us.
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