The recent cold weather has provided some great views of North Georgia, but it comes with its own issues. This is some of the ways we prepare our cabins in North Georgia for the cold weather months.
The process is known as “Winterizing the Property”, this includes:
- Check for Vulnerable Trees and Branches: inspecting the perimeter of the property for any trees or tree branches that may not be able to survive a winter storm. Strong winds or the weight of snow or freezing rain can cause trees and branches to fall. Before the storm hits, the dead branches should be removed and, if time permits, especially dangerous trees should be removed.
- Insulate the Property: Having the proper insulation in walls and attic space can help keep out the cold.
- Insulate the Pipes: Pipes freezing and ultimately bursting are a concern in colder temperatures. All pipes need to be properly insulated. To avoid freezing pipes, allow faucets to have a small drip so that there is constantly running water in the pipes.
- Check the Roof: We check the roof for possible leaks before a major storm occurs. This can prevent water from damaging the interior of the property. We also need to determine if the roof is strong enough to hold snow if a snowstorm occurs.
- Clear Gutters: Before any type of storm, the gutters need to be clear of debris to prevent flooding from improper draining.
- Make Sure All Heating Apparatuses Are Functioning: A winter storm involves snow, sleet or freezing rain, which are created by very cold temperatures. Anticipating frigid temperatures such as these, and potentially being unable to get to the property because of the bad weather, it is imperative that you make sure the heaters and fireplaces at our properties are working properly before the storm hits. We would not want our tenants to be without heat in these adverse conditions.
It is a good idea to use these tips and others in order to protect your own properties. In the occurrence of a power outage, we provide a power outage kit that has lanterns, extra batteries, and some entertainment available. We want you to know that we do our best for you to enjoy your stay in one of our Georgia vacation rentals during the winter months.