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Home Maintenance Tips to Protect Your South Carolina Home This Winter

Prepare your South Carolina home for winter weather with these fall maintenance tips designed to protect your basement or crawl space from harmful weather this season.

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Is your Carolina home ready for winter weather? From Columbia to Greenville and Charleston to Charlotte, North and South Carolina homeowners know that seasonal home maintenance can help protect their property from more expensive repairs caused by seasonal storms. From rainy fall weather to snowstorms and hurricanes, extreme weather events are impacting homeowners across the east coast this year. 

To protect your home and especially to keep your basement or crawl space moisture and pest-free this winter, take a look at these simple fall maintenance tips. A little time and effort on home maintenance at the start of the season can help save you a lot of time and money in the long term. 

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Waterproofing Your Basement or Crawl Space to Protect Your Home From Rainy Days 

In addition to shorter days and crisp fall weather, the changing seasons can also mean colder and wetter days. To protect your home, basement, or crawl space from added moisture this winter, here are a few fall maintenance tips. 

Fall maintenance for the basement or crawl space:

  • If you don’t have a sump pump already installed in your basement or crawl space, consider adding one before the first winter storms arrive. Basement or crawl space flooding can cause additional problems, including pests, mold, and mildew. 
  • Next, if you do have a sump pump system, check this system’s battery backup power source to ensure it is ready to protect your home from flooding and leaks this winter if the power goes out. 
  • If possible, move washer and dryer units above ground to reduce moisture build-up in the basement. If not, add a dehumidifier and basement fans to improve airflow and reduce moisture build-up.
  • Schedule a professional foundation inspection to identify and fix cracks and other foundation damage and protect your basement or crawl space from water leaks this winter. 
  • Add flood vents and additional interior drainage to protect against flood damage from winter storms.

Adding professional flood protection to your basement or crawl space can help minimize expensive storm damages and reduce mold, mildew, and pests in these areas and throughout the home. By waterproofing your basement or crawl space today, you can reduce the chance of more costly water damages in the future.

Winterize Your Basement or Crawl Space to Protect Against Winter Weather 

Before the first frost of the year, these fall maintenance tips can help protect your home against damage due to winter weather. 

  • First, clean and fix exterior gutters and point downspouts away from the home or have them installed in the ground. If water pools around your exterior walls, it can damage the home’s foundation. Seasonal gutter and downspout maintenance is an important protection against water damage.
  • Identify and fix leaky faucets and pipes and add insulation to protect against freezing temperatures. Start at the top of the home and check for leaks all the way to the basement or crawl space. Standing water can indicate a leaky pipe and encourage mold, mildew, and pests to make your basement or crawl space their own home. 
  • Check your roof for any repairs needed before the winter weather makes them much worse. High winds and heavy snow can impact roofs and cause more costly repairs. 

Simple Fall Maintenance Tips for Carolina Homeowners

Would you like to save money on heating costs this winter? Start by getting your HVAC unit ready for fall. Schedule seasonal maintenance to help improve outputs, reduce energy use, and lower heating costs. In addition, identifying and fixing air leaks throughout the home can help reduce heating and cooling costs. To find air leaks, run your hand along windows and doors. If you feel a change in temperature, you may be losing warm air to the outdoors. 

Fix air leaks with caulk both inside and outside of the door or window that is leaking. Reducing drafts throughout the home, especially from basement windows, can help lower your power bill in the winter. It can also help protect your home from water damage by stopping leaks in their tracks. Adding additional insulation around the HVAC unit can also help reduce moisture build-up and fix leaks. 

In addition to indoor areas, you can prepare your yard and exterior areas by winterizing outdoor hoses. Before the first temperature drop of the season, disconnect your outdoor hoses and drain out the water left inside. Store hoses inside to protect them from winter weather. If possible, turn off the water going to the outdoor faucets and leave the handle in an open position. This reduces pressure build-up in your pipes and can help protect against frozen and burst pipes this winter. 

Protecting Your Foundation This Winter

Water is a main source of foundation damage for homes in the winter. If you identify cracks or holes in your foundation, fix them before the winter weather brings added pressure and condensation to make small problems worse. Additional professional floodproofing in the basement or crawl space can also help protect your foundation from leaks, moisture build-up, and pests. Fixing broken pipes and insulating pipes and your crawl space from freezing temperatures can also help protect your foundation from flood damage this winter. For a free foundation inspection and help preparing your home for winter, including more information on basement waterproofing, contact local foundation repair experts at Mount Valley Foundation Services today for a free inspection and repair estimate.

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