Anyone who’s lived in North Carolina for long enough knows that anything is possible when it comes to the weather, from 70-degree days to frozen pipes. Winter weather preparation isn’t always at the top of our list, especially when some of us are enjoying springtime temperatures in mid-December! But those nice balmy days could turn into ice and snow faster than you think.
If snowy weather is in the forecast, don’t just run to the store for bread and milk! Make sure you’re prepared for anything with our winter weather preparation tips. Following them will save you from costly repairs and keep you warm and cozy all winter long!
Don’t risk waiting until the last minute to get what you need. Be prepared by stocking up on supplies you’ll need to stay warm and safe in and around your house.
- Keep road salt and a snow shovel on hand so you can clear your driveway and sidewalks on cold, icy mornings.
- Frozen locks are possible, especially on your car. Keep some de-icer on hand so you can open your locks in freezing weather.
- In case the power goes out, keep batteries, a flashlight, candles, and matches on hand. If you have a generator, make sure you have enough fuel to keep it running.
Protect Your Home Inside and Out
Extreme winter weather can wreak havoc on your home. Before heavy snows, ice storms, and hard freezes, take some time to prepare your house. Trim any branches that might fall on your house or car, and clean out your gutters to allow snow and ice to melt and move away from your roof easily.
If the weather forecast is calling for extremely low temperatures 15℉ and below, your home may be at risk of frozen pipes. When pipes freeze, the water in the pipes turns to ice and expands, which can cause the pipe to crack and burst. Once that frozen water thaws the cracks remain, which means leaks, flooding, and water damage in your house.
Prevent frozen pipes by taking these steps:
- Insulate your pipes using pipe insulation kits found at your local hardware store. These kits are inexpensive but can save you thousands in repairs.
- Leave your indoor faucets dripping slightly overnight. Keeping water moving in your pipes can help to prevent freezing.
- If you have outdoor water faucets, turn off the water source and turn all of your faucets to the “on” position. This will drain out any remaining water in your outdoor pipes and allow water to escape before it freezes.
- In case a pipe does burst, learn where your water shut-off valves are located ahead of time.