I’m a southern girl. I bleed sweet tea, banana pudding, and bless your hearts. Unlike most of my southern region family and friends, I LOVE winter. Also unlike many in my family, I have survived real winters. I’m not talking about your typical, wimpy, “ooh, it is down to 40 degrees” winter. I mean the real stuff: snow, ice, L L Bean gear, wishing you’d bought that Caribbean condo kind of winter. I lived in Maine. Enough said.
What is a southerner to do when caught in a surprise, real winter? What is the primary rule?
Do not drive. Just don’t. I don’t care if you have a military issued Humvee, with Siberian snow treads. Just don’t drive. You simply aren’t skilled enough to handle black ice, and your roads probably haven’t been properly plowed or salted. Why? Because you are in the south! What do you do for the home front? After stocking up on food, firewood, and entertainment, you might want to remember to protect your home. How? Don’t forget your pipes.
- For external pipes:
- Drain any underground irrigation systems
- Protect outdoor pipes and fixtures, as well as those in crawlspaces and unheated garages, by wrapping them with insulating materials
- Disconnect hoses from outside faucets
- Drain outside hoses, and store them
- Shut off water for all external pipes
- For internal pipes:
- Insulate hot and cold water pipes
- Open kitchen and bathroom cabinets, and allow warmer air to circulate to those spaces
- Keep a trickle of water running in an inside sink
- This will keep water moving through your pipes
- The cost of this trickle for an evening is much cheaper than the plumber’s emergency visit for your busted pipes. Just saying…
There are many times when we do not heed the warnings of local weather forecasts. Why? Because they are often “wrong,” or the weather front changes. I understand the tendency to ignore the notices for caution, and I have been guilty of it recently. I thankfully didn’t have an extremely expensive lesson, but it was enough to remind me to take my own advice. Prepare and protect your home. Stay safe, and warm, and remember to pray for those who aren’t.
Remember, it is best to prepare, than to be caught unaware. Click to Tweet.
Until next time,