While we’re all still trying to recover from an unexpected snowfall here in Myrtle Beach, it’s time to take action and make sure your home didn’t take the bulk of the damage. While we’re lucky to have mild winters here in the south, we do still have occasional cold weather and still have a while before spring arrives. With the help of a few maintenance tasks, your home will always be prepared to handle whatever winter weather the south decides to throw at us.If you haven’t already, it’s time to give your home the love it deserves and work on your winter home maintenance.
The winter chill is here to stay for awhile, so don’t get caught off guard and get left in the cold next time the temperatures drop below freezing. If you haven’t had your heating system inspected in a while, it’s time to call a professional and schedule a regular maintenance check up. If you notice cold spots in your house or hear noises coming from the vents, you’ll definitely want to get a professional to check that out. The best way to keep your home warm and toasty all winter long is with a well maintained heating system.
If you haven’t had your pipes checked in a while, now is the time to do it. Unusually cold weather puts a heavy strain on your pipes and can either lead to them freezing or bursting. If you’ve heard any strange noises lately, you’ll want to call a plumber sooner than later. If your pipes are particularly old or if your neighborhood was hit particularly hard with the bad weather, it’s a good idea to get your pipes checked regularly to prevent them from cracking or breaking. Also make sure to unhook any outdoor hoses. And for those of you looking for an excuse to update your pipes, now is the perfect time!
For those of you with a fireplace, you probably get a ton of use out of it in the fall and winter. Fireplaces are a great way to keep your home feeling cozy and warm, plus they’re cheap to maintain! As it continues to get colder and you find yourself more frequently snuggled up by the fire, you’ll want to get a professional chimney cleaner to stop by and scrub your fireplace until it’s shining. With each fire that you burn, your fireplace and chimney fills with flammable oils and buildup that could be potentially harmful. A simple chimney cleaning once a year is all you need to return to literally breathe easier while relaxing in front of the fire.
While we take advantage of the winter essentials – hot chocolate and extra blankets – make sure you’re taking the needed steps to keep your house safe from the weather as well. With mild winters, it’s easy for winter maintenance to slip the minds of Myrtle Beach residents. With just a few minor tasks to check off the list, both you and your home will always be prepared to take on winter chill.