Preparing for Winter Break
With winter break fast approaching, it is important to remember that the fury of winter can suddenly, without much warning, cause significant damage to your chapter facility. Unexpected ice storms, freezing temperatures, heavy snow falls, and powerful wind gales can cause devastating damage including roof collapse, ice dams, frozen pipes, fires, electrical outages and flooding. Although great advances in weather forecasting generally give us some warning of winter weather watches and approaching polar vortexes; weather forecasts are not 100% accurate all the time.
Damage costs resulting from frozen sprinkler pipes can reach a million dollars or more, especially in multi-story houses where pipes break on the top floor and then water cascades to the bottom floors all the way to the basement. In most every case the water damage could have been prevented had the chapter and house corporation taken some basic and common-sense precautions. Exposed to freezing temperatures, sprinkler system’s pipes can burst, leaving the building drenched in inches or even feet of water. To ensure an accident like this doesn’t happen happen to your chapter house, check out these great guides provided by JAMES R. FAVOR & COMPANY, LLC