"One of the biggest things our clients have seen is the bursting of sprinkler pipes which can be combated by winterizing them and also the freezing of their annual flower beds." — Metro Atlanta Lawn Care."This can be helped by covering up with some plastic during the cold." — Metro Atlanta Lawn Care."The biggest thing we see when storms come are flooding of lawns and their homes." — Metro Atlanta Lawn Care."So making sure the lawns are properly graded and making sure the gutter systems are properly connected and drain into some type of drainage system will be a big help to homeowners." — Metro Atlanta Lawn Care."So pretty much Having an ongoing maintenance company with regular maintenance, including chemical treatments and a proper drainage system, will a big game changer for any home owner and the up keep and preservation of their property!" — Metro Atlanta Lawn Care
As the final winds of winter continue to cool off the South, much of Georgia has been experiencing overnight freeze warnings. With freezing overnight weather comes the possibility of burst water pipes, sky-high heat bills and roof damage.
“Unlike a hurricane or hail storm, freezing events are often times quite and peaceful, creating a false sense of security,” Insurance provider Standard Casualty Company reported.
Here is how you can protect your home during freezing temperatures, according to the experts.
As water freezes inside plumbing, it expands — sometimes bursting the water lines in the process. Cover outdoor spigots with outdoor covers, which can often be found at your local hardware store. While the covers cost roughly $4 to $10 a piece, insulating your outdoor spigots can save thousands of dollars in repairs. Likewise, any other exposed water pipes should be covered to prevent damage. A towel fixed with duct tape can make for a quick and easy fix.
According to The Spruce, even small holes within the home for cable wires and phone lines can be effective entry points for cold air during freezing temperatures. Purchase a can of foam insulation to close up these gaps and holes to save big on your heating bill and boost temperatures inside the home.
Hunter Boyce is a writer, digital producer and journalist home grown from a Burke County, Georgia farm. Throughout his career, Hunter has gone on to write sports, entertainment, political and local breaking news for a variety of outlets.