interior featWhen we think of winter in Alabama, we don’t imagine snow drifts or sub-zero temperatures. However, every now and then a storm comes through and reminds us we need to be ready when the temperatures drop below freezing.

The good news is that Homes in Birmingham, Ala. can be updated pretty easily and inexpensively to withstand almost anything Mother Nature sends our way.

Here are a few tips to make sure that your Alabama home is ready for winter weather:

  • Wrap it up. A frozen pipe is a problem that can cause major damage, but is also largely preventable. Wrap any exposed pipes with electrical tape first, followed by foam insulation.
  • Sweep the chimney. Prior to the first fire, chimneys should be inspected and cleaned if necessary,
  • Check the heater. The last thing you want when a cold spell hits is to be without heat. Replace the filter and put the thermostat up to 80 and check for hot air. If you don’t feel warm air out of the vents, it may be time to call a technician.
  • Clean the windows.  This will make them sparkle, but it will also allow you to check for leaks or drafts.
  • Don’t get drafted. Look around the edges of your exterior doors and make sure there are no gaps for cold air to come in or your warm air to escape. Weatherstripping is an inexpensive product that can seal any problem areas.
  • Cover your deck. Protect your deck and patio furniture by throwing a tarp over it or storing it inside. If you cover it with a tarp, don’t forget to weight it down!
  • Trim the trees. Heavy rain and snow can bring down tree branches, so cut back any that hang a little too close for comfort.
  • Get the gunk from the gutters. Winter often brings more rain, and the possibility of snow means you want your gutters working at peak performance.

In just a weekend or so your home can be protected from the damaging effects of winter weather. Good luck and stay warm!

If you are looking to purchase a new home in Alabama, Harris Doyle Homes currently builds new homes throughout metro Birmingham, as well as at The Waters on Pike Road.