5 Steps to Prepare Your South Carolina Home for the Cold Months
With the hustle and bustle this time of year brings, it’s easy to forget one of your most important assets. But your home’s yearly maintenance should be a priority due to the harsh elements of nature. The coldest months in South Carolina are December to February, with January being the snowiest. Save money on maintenance and energy costs by taking some steps to prepare your home before winter hits!
Be sure and call Sea Island Residential for all your roofing and siding needs. Or perhaps it’s time to update those windows and doors to save on winter energy costs. We begin each service with a free inspection to assess your project needs before providing a free quote. Call us to get started today!
In the meantime, here’s your home winterizing checklist with five simple steps to prepare your South Carolina home for the cold season.
1. Check Your Roof & Gutters
Check your roof for any debris from branches or leaves. Try to do a visual inspection of the roof from the ground to be sure it doesn’t appear damaged anywhere. Do not climb a ladder to walk on your roof without the proper equipment – leave it to a professional who can not only inspect your roof safely, but also spot issues the typical homeowner doesn’t know to look for.
Check the attic and its walls for signs of leaking. If in doubt, call Sea Island Residential. We’ll conduct a thorough inspection to assess your roof’s condition and provide a free and fair quote for repair.
When was the last time you checked your gutters? Are they full of leaves and twigs? Pests such as mice and insects love such a mess. Set aside a day to clean out your gutters, and consider professionally installing gutter guards, which will help prevent buildup.
2. Inspect Potential Areas of Moisture
If you have a basement or crawl space, be sure and check for moisture and dampness. Damp basements and crawl spaces can also attract pests. Fix any leaking pipes, and for added protection, install a dehumidifier.
3. Declutter & Clean Up the Yard
This is a great time to throw away or recycle old furniture, wood remnants, or anything else that is just adding clutter to your yard. Take a rake to clean any leaves and dispose of them – they make a great mulch for garden beds. Do not keep firewood right next to your home, which attracts pests.
4. Check Exteriors for Cracks & Other Damage
Take a walk around the outside perimeter of your home to check for any gaps, cracks, or holes, especially around outdoor pipes, internet cable entrances, doors, and windows. Visit a home improvement center and purchase appropriate structure sealant or caulk weatherstripping to seal vulnerable areas, or consider professional replacements.
5. Schedule Preventive Heating Maintenance
Whether you have electric or gas heating, have the unit serviced. Sometimes you cannot visually tell if there’s a problem until it’s too late. Heat pumps can have compressor failure, contractor issues, clogged condensate, or motor problems.
If you have a fireplace, it’s wise to have it cleaned and be sure the damper is closed.
Sea Island Residential: Your SC Home Winterizing Experts
Winterizing your home should be a priority on your to-do-list before getting all snuggled up for the winter. Put your trust in Sea Island Residential for all your home winterizing needs–we can repair or replace your roof, install gutter guards, and replace your doors and windows.
Did we mention we can also install siding to your home? Fiber cement siding is a solid choice to stand up to the harshest elements. We have high standards of excellence and are here to provide you with the expertise and friendly service you deserve. Contact us today!