Changing weather trends continue to test the strength of homes and building codes. (Credit: soupstock/Adobe Stock) Changing weather trends continue to test the strength of homes and building codes. (Credit: soupstock/Adobe Stock)

In recent years, winter storms have impacted areas historically unaffected by cold weather. The ice storms and record low temperatures in Texas in 2021 and earlier this year made it clear that homes and infrastructure in warmer weather states are not equipped to handle sustained freezing temperatures, ice and snow.

Texas isn’t the only state to experience major disruption from recent record low temperatures. Virginia, the Carolinas, and Florida have all recorded freezing or near-freezing temperatures in recent years. This is especially problematic because building codes in these states often don’t account for extreme winter conditions. Many homes lack sufficient insulation or plumbing, making them more susceptible to freezing temperatures and burst pipes and leaving the home’s foundation vulnerable.

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