Snow and freezing temperatures in Charleston? They may not occur year round in the Holy City (nor is it the image that first comes to mind when you consider Charleston), but this is a topic numerous homeowners need to be aware of; especially due to the recent events of Snowmageddon. When winter strikes, if you are not prepared damages to your home can be possible. However, this can be avoided if the right measures are put in place early in advance. It is far much easier and cheaper to implement preventive measures than dealing with losses after winter arrives and you’re unprepared.
So, what are some of the best ways in which you can prep your Charleston home for winter spells?
Clean The Gutters
If trees surround your Charleston house, the gutters are likely to trap leaves. With such accumulation, the gutters may not perform their stipulated task optimally. When winter hits, can be highly underrated because typically people only think about them when it’s raining. It is therefore essential to ensure that the gutters are cleaned up before winter. That way, it will be easier to drain water, which would otherwise compromise the nature of your Charleston house.
Replace or Repair Shingles
When it comes to keeping moisture and ice accumulation away, shingles play a significant role. In this regard, it is highly recommended that you trace shingles that are faulty and repair them. If there are shingles that are beyond repair, then it would be ideal to replace them. If possible, seek the assistance of a professional repair man just to make sure that the entire roofing is in perfect shape during winter.
Turn Off Exterior Faucets
In an instance where pipes get too icy and cold, bursting is the aftermath. What does this mean? It simply says that you would rather keep the exterior faucets turned off. If possible, make sure that the taps are drained entirely so that there will be no traces of water. Needless to say, if the pipes burst, there might emanate severe damages on your house. Not only can metal pipes burst, even plastic plastic pipes and plumbing can crack due to the freezing temperatures and water flow (like a water inlet valve in your washing machine that’s located on your back porch/patio). While you likely already know to keep your internal pipes (faucets) leaking water during colder temperatures outside, be sure to shut off the water to all external faucets outside if this is not already done.
Reverse Fan Blades
What most people do not know is the ceiling fans could be of much help during winter. Most people do not even think of fans as useful in cold weather. By pressing the reverse button on the fan, rising heat is directed back to the house. Doing so reduces the chances of damages that may occur due to lower temperatures in the house.
Repair Room Heaters
There is no doubt that room heaters can save the day during winter. When winter approaches, make sure that the room heaters are in perfect condition and that they work efficiently. One thing for sure is that room heaters can be messy when faulty. Considering that said heater will be in use for at least a month or two, it is advisable to keep the heaters in perfect operation to avoid prospective damages.
If your house gutters are set in such a way that water lands on the foundation, then you are likely to jeopardize the condition of your Charleston house during winter. You will realize that as temperatures go down, water turns into ice and this may potentially damage your house. It is therefore vital to divert water away from the house as this will keep the foundation from extreme wetness. This is also on top of any possibly freezes or snow that lead to bigger problems than you realize. You simply think the snow or ice might look beautiful but once it melts; if you are not smart that water can lead to damages.
Your Charleston house is worth every dime you invested into it. Keeping it safe during winter is, therefore, a good priority to look into. By implementing effective measures in advance, you will have gone a long way in mitigating potential damages on your house during this season.