Georgia residents know that old man winter is coming. Its just a matter of time until we break out the Fargo hats and ice boots (yes, we know that its overkill and not necessary). Clothing choices aside, preparing our home is a very important and sometimes overlooked task. By tackling these items now, you can rest and be merry all winter long.
Get Your Head in the Gutter
What are those appendages that stick out from the edge or your shingles? These necessary components run water away from your foundation. Georgia is home to unpredictable and at times heavy duty stormy conditions. The gutter system is the unsung hero to your home. When gutters get packed with leaves, sludge, sticks (and yes, sometimes serpents) the results range from annoying to catastrophic. Depending on your location and surrounding tree situation, get your gutters inspected and cleaned at least once a year. If under dense canopy, more frequently cleanings may be necessary. Tip: make su
re to remove all debris first, flush the downspouts, then rinse the trays and downspouts until nothing but clean water is being flushed through the system.
The Roof Over Your Head
To the average homeowner, the roof is not considered until a problem arises. Roofs come in many forms, but their primary job is the same: to protect everything underneath it. Shingle manufacturers and professional installers combine to produce shingles that can stand the test of time. However, there are circumstances that can weaken your roof and shorten its lifespan. Its best to have a certified roof inspector look over your roof at least every few years. At the very least, if leaks are detected, have the issue repaired to avoid more costly damage. Tip: when gutters are being cleaned go ahead and remove all debris from the roof.
Picket the Spigot
Exterior hose bibs, water lines and hoses are all subject to freezing. When water lines freeze that contain water, bad things and costly things happen. Most hardware stores sell hose bib insulators that cover t
he entire exterior faucet. Once covered, give it a rest until temperatures rise over freezing. Tip: removing sprayers from the end of hoses will keep the metal from freezing and extend the life of the sprayer.
These simple and effective tips will hopefully keep you and your wallet comfy and cozy these upcoming Winter months.