Fall has ushered in and before we know it winter will make her entrance. With it she brings hot chocolate, bundled wardrobes, and merry holidays. However, the frigid temperatures don’t always serve our home with the same sense of cheer. It’s important to make sure that your home is prepared for the icy season ahead. It’s better to think ahead than to find yourself with a headache in the cold!
Here are some tips that we would suggest!
1. Plan and Stock up!—While Myrtle Beach does not receive northern weather it can still get pretty cold out there! Winter storms often include ice, which also includes power outages. We suggest that you prepare your home with the essentials: Non-perishable food and a manual can opener, bottled water, and basic toiletries. Ofcourse, don’t forget to store away a flash light with charged batteries and a lighter for candles.
2. Trim the Trees!—When the hurricanes make their way in to our coast they can tear down and blow over heavy branches that cause major damage and/or injury. If you have low hanging branches near power lines be sure to contact your utility company for information on how to have these safely removed.
3. Turn off outdoor water sources!—Find your water shutoff for all outside lines. Turn on the spigots and empty the hoses. If you have an irrigation system we suggest that you call your irrigation professional to winterize your system
But! Don’t just take our word for it! Here’s a bonus tip from one of our Trusted Myrtle Beach Vendors, SunCoast Building Products and Service, Inc. in Conway. You can contact them at 843-488-2249
Bonus Tip!— Make sure your homes gutters & downspouts are clean and free of debris. When Fall foliage such as leaves and pine needles fall into your gutters they can become clogged and heavy which most of the time will damage them and your home’s exterior. Have your Guttering checked to be sure it’s secure in the event of a winter storm where freezing rain, sleet and snow can freeze inside and onto them. The weight of the ice and snow can damage your gutter system by causing them to sag or pull away from your fascia. We suggest a checkup yearly and to invest in a gutter guard protection system if you live in a heavily wooded or pine area which aids in keeping your gutters and downspouts maintenance free all year long.