Follow These Steps for Winter Prep in Milder Climates | SERVPRO® of North Central Mecklenburg County
This time of year brings thoughts of the fall color season and prep work starts for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. But it’s always a little strange when the radio starts playing “White Christmas” and our favorite TV stations start advertising winter clothing.
The wintertime weather in Charlotte simply doesn’t fit that idyllic holiday narrative! While we do experience all four seasons and occasionally receive snow, it’s a rare occurrence. We usually don’t need snow tires or salt trucks, and frozen pipes are a concern but not a constant worry.
Even though we don’t receive significant snowfall, we do experience cold temperatures in the winter. And we should still perform preventative maintenance on some items. Let’s take a look.
Maintain and service your HVAC system. Obviously, we will need to use the heat in the wintertime, so you’ll want to know it’s working well and operating safely. It’s a great idea to have a professional come out and perform routine maintenance, replacing any parts that could leave you in the cold.
Prepare the home for winter weather. We average around three inches of rain per month over the winter, making it one of the dryer portions of the year. It’s a good time to inspect and repair the roof system. Check for broken or warped shingles, and replace as necessary. Check, clean and empty your gutters as well, to keep anything from damming up the works and sending water streaming into your home. While you’re at it, inspect and clean out your chimney if you burn any wood or coal.
Reseal doors and windows to eliminate drafts. Air infiltration can make you uncomfortable, so consider adding insulation to your attic and sealing your windows. This can make an impact on the comfort level in your home, not to mention the effect it can have on your utility bills.
Winterize your vehicles. Finally, check your car’s tires and windshield wipers. If you have excessive wear, you may want to consider replacing them. You may not have to deal with driving on snow and ice, but there’s a good chance you’ll end up driving in the rain—and you want to be sure you can do it safely.
If winter weather or unexpected flooding causes water to damage your home, we’re always here to help. Contact SERVPRO to see how quick and easy it is to let the pros handle your cleanup and recovery.