Winter Is Coming…But Not so Much in the South | SERVPRO® of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall County
This time of year is always a little strange. While Anniston doesn’t receive the snowfall of the northern states, we still get cold temperatures in the winter.
So when the radio starts playing “White Christmas,” we’re able to get into the Christmas spirit. We’ll break out the heavy coats and sweaters and put hot chocolate on the stove! Annistonians will brave the frigid weather to celebrate with their loved ones or make sure somebody has just the right gift.
Winter weather here, while cold, simply doesn’t fit that idyllic holiday narrative that includes snowfall. Occasionally we may get snow, but it’s the exception, not the rule.
Anniston does average the highest rainfall per month during the winter months. So there are a few things residents should do in winter as a matter of routine and prevention. Let’s take a look.
Perform annual maintenance on HVAC unit. Chances are you’ll need heat in your home this winter, so you’ll want to make sure everything is in good working order. Have a professional perform preventive maintenance and replace any parts that could leave you in the cold.
Clean the gutters and perform chimney maintenance. Anniston averages the highest rainfall during the winter months, so it’s a great idea to inspect your roof for any damage. Make any necessary repairs and clean the gutters of obstructions and debris. While you’re at it, clean out your chimney if you do any sort of fireplace use.
Check doors and windows for tight seals. Cool breezes can make you uncomfortable in the winter, so consider adding insulation to your attic and sealing your windows. These areas can have a significant impact on the comfort level in your home, not to mention the effect they can have on your utility bill.
Take good care of the car. Finally, check the condition of your car’s tires and windshield wipers. You might not have to deal with driving on ice, but you’ll likely end up driving in the rain—and you want to be sure you can do it safely.
If winter weather or unexpected flooding causes water to damage your home, we’re always here to help. Contact SERVPRO to see how quick and easy it is to let the pros handle your cleanup and recovery.