Experts say now is the time to "winterize" your home - WMBFNews.com, Myrtle Beach/Florence SC, Weather

Experts say now is the time to "winterize" your home

 MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Winter is gusting just around the corner. If the memories the 2013 winter storm are blistery enough for your taste, experts say now is the time to take steps to insulate and keep your home safe before the start of winter.


Last year, was a learning experience for many residents not used to winter weather here in South Carolina. After the ice storm, tree limbs fell onto roofs and and cars, people were without power for days. It was a crisis.

Emergency management officials say don't be a victim if it happens again, learn from the past. 

Trim your trees and shrubbery so that if frozen limbs fall, they won't hit your home or car.

Have a plan in place in case your electricity goes out, like a backup generator.

And then there's the matter of pipes. Mike Ousley with Full Steak Ahead, Inc says there was a tremendous amount of calls on frozen pipes last year. In this area, too many times people think they don't need to worry about their pipes in the winter. But they can freeze which creates holes or cracks. When the pipes thaw, they can burst or leak.

"We had over almost 150 calls in a matter of two days with people who have gone through that cold weather snap, that had issues after the fact. "And some issues were very small, some issues were major issues where there was literally tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage done," Ousley said.

That is a problem you can avoid. "Do a search of any exposed pipes you have. In an attic, in a crawl space or even in a garage," Ousley advises. "Put a pipe sleeve on it, put some tape."

But if you don't have either of those things, take some newspaper and wrap it around the pipe about a quarter of an inch thick, that will protect your exposed pipes as well. 

And don't wait until the First Alert team predicts a freeze. Take the steps now so you won't have to worry through the winter.

Copyright 2014 WMBF News. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsLocalMore>>

  • Scotland County Schools closed through Sept. 28

    Scotland County Schools closed through Sept. 28

    Sunday, September 23 2018 8:53 PM EDT2018-09-24 00:53:15 GMT
    Source: Scotland County NCSource: Scotland County NC
    Source: Scotland County NCSource: Scotland County NC
    SCOTLAND COUNTY, NC (WMBF) — Another school system has opted to keep it's doors closed in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.  Schools will be closed for students Monday, September 24 - Friday, September 28.  These days will be required teacher workdays for staff, including teacher assistants.   Friday, October 5 was previously on the calendar as a teacher workday/professional development day.  It will now be a regular school day for students and sta...More >>
    SCOTLAND COUNTY, NC (WMBF) — Another school system has opted to keep it's doors closed in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.  Schools will be closed for students Monday, September 24 - Friday, September 28.  These days will be required teacher workdays for staff, including teacher assistants.   Friday, October 5 was previously on the calendar as a teacher workday/professional development day.  It will now be a regular school day for students and sta...More >>
  • 'I'm not going to be silenced': Sister of woman killed in van pens heartfelt message

    'I'm not going to be silenced': Sister of woman killed in van pens heartfelt message

    Sunday, September 23 2018 7:51 PM EDT2018-09-23 23:51:01 GMT
    Nicolette Green (Source: Donnela Green-Johnson)Nicolette Green (Source: Donnela Green-Johnson)

    MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) — The family of a woman killed after a van was swept away in flood waters in Nichols earlier this week is speaking out. Jewels Green, the sister of Nicolette Green, took to Facebook Sunday to address the circumstances surrounding her sister's passing.  "I am seeking justice for my sister. I want answers. I want admissions of guilt and culpability. I want reform for mental health illness policies and procedures," Green wrote. ...

    More >>

    MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) — The family of a woman killed after a van was swept away in flood waters in Nichols earlier this week is speaking out. Jewels Green, the sister of Nicolette Green, took to Facebook Sunday to address the circumstances surrounding her sister's passing.  "I am seeking justice for my sister. I want answers. I want admissions of guilt and culpability. I want reform for mental health illness policies and procedures," Green wrote. ...

    More >>
  • Boil water advisory lifted for Garden City Point Water System customers

    Boil water advisory lifted for Garden City Point Water System customers

    Sunday, September 23 2018 6:07 PM EDT2018-09-23 22:07:59 GMT
    (Source: AP Graphics)(Source: AP Graphics)

    GEORGETOWN, SC (WMBF) — Customers of Garden City Point Water System will need to boil water for at least a minute after a water line break caused loss of pressure.  In a statement released Saturday, Geiorgetown County officials warned residents of the additional precaution.  Georgetown County Water and Sewer District advises the residents of Garden City Point to continue to boil their water for at least one (1) full minute prior to drinking or cooking until otherwis...

    More >>

    GEORGETOWN, SC (WMBF) — Customers of Garden City Point Water System will need to boil water for at least a minute after a water line break caused loss of pressure.  In a statement released Saturday, Geiorgetown County officials warned residents of the additional precaution.  Georgetown County Water and Sewer District advises the residents of Garden City Point to continue to boil their water for at least one (1) full minute prior to drinking or cooking until otherwis...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly