LENOIR CITY (WATE) – Damage restoration companies have been very busy this week as the weather wreaked havoc in homes.
They’ve been getting calls about trees falling on homes due to the ice, wind and snow. Other problems have been floods from pipes bursting and fires resulting from power outages.
Crews were out in Lenoir City working to remove a tree on a home. It came down because of the wind and the weight of the ice.
“It was so loud, it shook the whole house. We were just worried the roof was going to fall,” said Lauren Lowpasser about how the tree came down in the middle of the night.
“It’s been a long week with the weather that came in. We’ve been putting in some long hours,” explained Nathan Guy with BKA Restoration Response Team 1.
So how do you prevent disasters like the one Lowpasser and others experienced?
Guy says when it comes to plumbing, let your water drip, leave cabinets open and close doors to keep the cold air out.
Also, trim your trees and know with whom your insurance company contracts.
“The response time will be quicker if you know who those people are,” Guy said.
Lastly, to prevent a fire, don’t forget to turn off electric appliances, like stoves, when the power goes out.
Lowpasser says she’s going to be extra careful from now on.
“We’ve been watching all of our trees to make sure none of them will fall. Then we won’t have to go through this again,” Lowpasser said.
The company expects to be dealing with weather related damage calls for at least the next 10 days.