Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) June 13, 2013
Homeowners throughout Western Pennsylvania are encouraged to take steps to protect their homes this summer with Gillece Services’ tips for storm preparation. Gillece helps homeowners to prepare for common side effects resulting from thunderstorms, in particular, that can lead to damage and unsafe conditions.
Thunderstorms bringing heavy rain, wind, and lightning can cause damage to homes both externally and internally while threatening the safety of those inside. Gillece shares tips for preventing flooding and associated water damage, power outages, and power surges, which every homeowner can practice prior to the arrival of a storm. Effective preparation can help to maintain the condition of a home while keeping occupants safe as long as a storm lasts.
Flooding and water damage prevention are one area that Gillece advises homeowners to prepare for through proper drainage and waterproofing methods. Flooding commonly occurs in basements and can ruin furniture, carpeting, and personal belongings. The presence of out-of-place water can also lead to mold formation if moisture is not sufficiently removed. Preparation tips from Gillece include: clearing gutters of leaves and debris for adequate storm water collection; positioning downspouts to drain away from the foundation by at least a few feet; using a sump pump as part of a waterproofing system for basement water removal.
While power outages are another common result of thunderstorms, Gillece provides tips for preparing for outages and preventing them altogether. Having candles and flashlights available, as well as matches and extra batteries, is one way to deal with electrical loss short-term, but a more permanent solution involves having a backup generator. Installing a backup generator for automatic backup power can keep electricity running when a storm hits or at any time a power outage occurs throughout the year.
Gillece also provides tips for avoiding power surges, which can happen when lightning strikes. Power surges can cause irreversible damage to electronics or an electrical fire. Designated surge protectors for appliances and devices provide protection and are available through Gillece Electrical Services. Without a surge protector, homeowners are advised to unplug their electronics altogether to avoid damage and fire.
For over 30 years, Gillece has been the Pittsburgh area’s one-stop-shop for Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, Electrical, Waterproofing, Air Quality, and Water Quality services. Gillece provides services to Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties with 24/7 availability, 365 days a year.
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