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Get Your Home Winter-Ready

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

Get Your Home Winter-Ready Get Your Charlotte Home Winter-Ready

For those who live in the Charlotte area where weather events are typically mild, winter isn’t a season as much as it is a time for celebration. But friendly forecasts aside, as we move into the coldest months of the year, the city will still get its fair share of precipitation - whether it’s rain, snow, sleet or hail. 

We’ll also experience a fluctuation in temperatures and an increase in days that dip into the low 30s and even below freezing - making it critical to get your home winter-ready. After a snow or ice storm, our restoration specialists see the aftermath firsthand: water damage caused by a burst pipe, gaping roof holes from falling trees, mold infestations in fireplaces, and smoke damage from a Christmas tree that went up in flames. 

With so many North Carolinians spending more time at home than ever, we want to help you and family stay safe and warm, as well as protect your home from damage (both inside and out) all winter long. Just as Santa knows well the value of making a list and checking it twice, so should homeowners. The time to start winterizing is now - before the first storm or harsh weather event hits. Fortunately, you can DIY most of these home protection recommendations.

Indoor winterization tips

  • Use pipe foam to insulate your pipes, especially those warm to the touch.
  • Check and repair any attic, garage or shed leaks. 
  • Seal any water pipe or hose leaks.
  • Be sure the temperature hot water tank is set safely, and clean your dryer vents. 
  • Seal the top of your fireplace if you don’t plan to use it during the winter. 
  • Change the batteries on any smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and make sure the equipment is working correctly. 
  • Replace filters throughout your house and open heating system vents. 
  • Flush your water heater to let any sediment run out.
  • Install window insulation film and weather-stripping tape around doors and windows. For a quick fix, use a rolled-up towel or blanket to keep under door drafts at bay. 

Outdoor winterization tips

  • Clean your downspouts and gutters of any debris, twigs, leaves, nuts or rocks so ice can’t build up and clog them.
  • Trim tree limbs around your home. When weighed down from wet snow or an ice storm, they can break or fall, causing damage to your roof, home, car or fence.
  • Fill any siding and window cracks or gaps with caulk. 
  • Take out any window AC units and remove any debris, branches or leaves around your air conditioner condenser.
  • Drain and disconnect hoses and turn off your sprinklers. If your pipes aren’t frost-proof, turn off the water valve by the spigot.  
  • Move outdoor furniture, grills and propane tanks away from the elements, or wrap them in tarps and bungee cords to keep them secure outside. 
  • Remove any moss or vegetation from your roof.

24/7 water damage and restoration assistance

American travel writer Paul Theroux said, “Winter is a season of recovery and preparation.” Unfortunately, sometimes preparedness is still no match for Mother Nature’s wrath or other cleaning or restoration emergencies. If that happens, you can rest assured our team is just a phone call away. 

Although SERVPRO of NW Charlotte, Lincoln County, Southern and NE Gaston is part of a national network of 1,700-plus franchises, we’re locally owned and operated and part of the Mecklenburg, Lincoln, and Gaston communities. Our water damage and restoration experts are employees, not contractors, which means our team can respond faster to emergencies with a proven water damage restoration process and the most advanced technology and equipment. For questions, contact us anytime at (704) 393-7890 or request help online.

Spring Cleaning Outside

4/11/2019 (Permalink)

Flowers in field SPRING CLEANING OUTSIDE

When making your spring cleaning list, remember your home's exterior.  A few hours of attention could save you a bundle in unexpected repairs. 


Roof & Chimney
Examine your roof for cracked or missing shingles and damaged flashing around vents and chimneys. Check chimney caps and roof vents for bird nests and debris.

Gutters & Downspouts
Clogged gutters lead to rainwater back up and rot under shingles, waterfalls that cause window leaks and pools that drain into your crawl or basement and soften soil around tree roots causing them to fall.  Consider installing gutter screening and downspout extensions.

Foundation Vents & Drains
Look for missing or damaged screens, debris, signs of insect or rodent infestation, or other issues.  Unclog drainage systems designed to channel water away from the foundation, including city sewer drains.