We know you probably chuckle at the notion of a Southern California winter. Such consistently perfect weather rarely poses cold temps. However, you might remember from last winter that it does, in fact, rain here in SoCal. And it gets a bit chilly too. So, while you’ll have no use for your winter parka here in the Golden State, you’ll still need to prepare your home for the cooler weather. In this article, we’ll discuss a few of our most valued tips for making your home winter-ready.
- Prevent flooding. Remember long ago, probably back in March, when it rained last? It was a glorious event for the grass and blooming poppies. But, for those of us who are unprepared, rain can wreak damage and chaos. So make sure that this winter, you’re not caught off guard by this rare phenomenon. To help prevent a flood near or in your home, be sure to clean out your gutters and storm drains. Both get cluttered with leaves and debris. In your gutters, this can lead to flooding around your home and potential foundational damage. And without a clear storm drain, water will not be able to continue to its destination.
- Seal off your home from the cold. Contrary to popular belief, it can get a bit cold here in SoCal, especially at night. So, make sure that your doors and windows are tightly sealed, so your home does not lose any heat or allows in cold air. This will increase the efficiency of your furnace and alleviate your electricity bill. You may also consider checking your home’s insulation and redoing the caulking around windows and doors.
- Clear out your drains. This can help prevent pesky clogs that pose a particular nuisance during the holiday season with extra entertaining. Routine drainage and de-clogging will take off the added pressure to your plumbing system.
- Show your water heater some love. Incorporating annual water heater maintenance can make a big difference in your home’s comfortability this season. Plus, it’s especially important in consideration of the holiday season and your plans to host guests. As your water heater works extra hard this time of year, make sure it’s up for the job. Have it serviced by a professional when necessary to increase the longevity of its life.
- Plumbing insulation. Once again, you may scoff at the idea of cold temperatures here. But, an unanticipated freeze is always within the realm of possibility, especially if you live in higher elevations. And keep in mind that it is best to be prepared than to face the extensive repairs of burst pipes. Plus, insulation can help your plumbing work more efficiently.