Judging by the amount of questions we received, it seemed to get some homeowner wheels turning. Now that we know that information on Myrtle Beach & Charleston winters is in great demand, we decided to do a follow up post.
Winterizing your home doesn’t have to be stressful. It mostly involves common sense items, maintenance, inspection, and making a checklist.
As long as you make yourself a list, follow it, and take action when it’s appropriate, you shouldn’t have any undue stress about the state of your home. Organization and vigilance win the day.
In the last post, we discussed making sure you have energy efficient windows and a sound roof. Your roof and your windows are vital for winter. You should inspect your roof at least once, if not twice, a year. It’s best to inspect your roof before it gets too cold.
You should also check your flashings. Flashings are the metal pieces that cover interruptions in the surface of your roof, such as chimneys and vent pipes. If they look cracked or rusty, there very well might be a problem. Additionally, check the rubber boots that wrap around your vent pipes for cracks and general wear.
Cleaning your gutters should also be a priority before the cold weather really sets in. Cleaned gutters prevent leaks and other damage.
If you think your roof might be leaking, check for the following warning signs:
If you’re not comfortable inspecting your own roof, we’d be happy to take a look. We’re fast, thorough, efficient, and friendly. A trusted roofer can make sure you have a pleasant, warm, and energy-efficient winter.
As we well know, there’s much more to the outside of your home than your roof. At Contract Exteriors, we specialize in knowing every part of your home’s exterior, so we thought we’d give a few more outdoor tips.
We really liked this article from Popular Mechanics, so we’re sharing some of their ideas, along with our own.
A/C and Water Lines – From Popular Mechanics:
“This one’s really easy, and it will even save you a few pennies next summer, too: Simply drain any hoses and air conditioner pipes, and make sure you don’t have excess water pooled in equipment. If your a/c has a water shutoff valve, go ahead and turn that off.
Similarly, make sure any hoses are drained and stowed away neatly. Turn off exterior water spigots. It’s also a good idea to seal any water leaks around the place — and don’t forget to remove any window A/C units and store them so you don’t invite cold drafts all winter.”
Lower Water Heater Temp – Try lowering your water heater temperature from 140 to 120 or lower. It will save you money, and maybe even save you from a too-hot shower.
Turn Off the Heat – Turn the thermostat down when you’re not home. It’s that simple. If you have a smart thermostat, you can even control it from a smartphone app while you’re at work. There’s no need to keep a hot house when no one’s home.
Insulate Pipes – If you insulate your pipes, you’ll pay even less for hot water. Many hardware stores sell pre-cut “pipe foam.” Just buy it, trim to size, and install it. Choose pipe foam with a higher “R Value.” If a pipe is warm to the touch, it’s probably a good idea to insulate it.
Popular Mechanics has some even more in-depth ideas in that article– these are just the basics. You need to mind the exterior of your home, your thermostat, your pipes, your furnace, and all doors and windows.
Before the weather turns really cold in Charleston and Myrtle Beach, make yourself a list. Don’t get overwhelmed, just check each item off one-by-one and you’ll be ready in no time.
And, if you need help with any inspection or replacement, know we’re just a phone call away. It’s best to hurry though, as we often can’t work as efficiently in the colder months, and we get busier with last-minute jobs as the year comes to a close.