Most of the country is in the midst of a large cold front lately. The midwest is completely frozen over with many states experiencing negative temperatures. One of the benefits of living in the south is we will most likely never experience weather THAT cold, but it is still cold here! There are a few things you should look out for in your home to make sure everything is maintained properly and won’t be affected by the weather.
Stop cold air from getting in.
If you haven’t done so already, check all windows and doors in the home to be sure caulking is intact and fix any that needs repair. Take a good look at the weatherstripping on doors and windows as well and replace them if you see any gaps. Try adding draft guards to interior doors to trap heat and prevent chilly breezes from traveling into the room.
Have the fireplace cleaned.
If you have a wood-burning fireplace that is used during the winter, have it cleaned by a certified chimney sweep. It is a necessary safety measure to ensure that additional debris is cleared out and won’t create fire hazards.
Prevent pipes from freezing.
When the temperature drops at night, pipes can be at risk of freezing over which could cause some serious water damage. Be sure that pipes are insulated, especially those in unheated areas of the home (such as a garage). If your pipes are prone to freezing, leave them slightly dripping so that the running water will keep them from freezing over.
If a pipe has frozen already, turn off the water supply to keep it from bursting. Allow warm air to safely travel to the area during repair and call a plumber if necessary.
These are just a few small preventative tips and luckily, the weather rarely gets bad in the CSRA. It is still good to take the necessary measures and stay on the safe side when it comes to protecting your home.