Shielding Your Home From Winter Weather Problems: What New Homeowners Should Know
By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Summer is a common time for moving to a new home in El Paso. For beginner homeowners, it's a time which is filled with adventure and enthusiasm as you get to begin a whole new path with your family whilst getting all moved in and settled. It is also a time of year when you have to begin thinking about how to protect your house against the extreme elements of approaching frigid weather that lies ahead as the seasons change. If you are new to the world of homeownership, follow this advice to make sure your house is winter weather prepared this season:
Install Faucet Covers
Replacing broken water pipes and faucets can be an a pricey problem, particularly for new homeowners who've spent a lot of money to move to El Paso into their new house to begin with. Before freezing weather sets in, be sure to install insulated faucet covers on all of the faucets on the outside of of your house. This is additionally a great time to check any uncovered piping around your house and cover it up as required.
Clean the Gutters
If at all possible, you'll have gutters with built in covers or screens to keep foliage and rubble from getting into the drainage reservoirs to begin with, but if not, then you should attempt to clean them out ahead of when the frigid weather has arrived. Stopped up gutters get bogged down with water and additional weight should they be not draining correctly, and this may lead to the gutters falling off your house.
Clear the Walkways
Foliage and other landscape debris gets slippery when it begins to decompose and decay in rain and also wintry conditions, which may cause slip and fall risks. Take a hands-on approach to protect your family as well as company from an accident and blow the clutter aside prior to when frigid weather begins.
Seal Windows and Doors
Drafts use up significant energy and may result in higher priced heating costs when frigid weather makes its presence felt. Look at every door and window in your home and determine if you can feel a breeze blowing through. Foam strips are a quick and affordable method to seal up the drafts in windows and doors. They come in numerous various thicknesses as well as styles, and have adhesive backs, so they will adhere to just about any surface. Later on, you can consider purchasing storm or replacement windows and doors that should perform a significantly better job protecting your home all seasons of the year.
Fireplace Assessment and Cleaning
Chimney fires can be a dangerous problem which can be prevented with some TLC prior to when Mother Nature turns down the temperature. Creosote buildup and bird's nests might possibly be the most common reasons for chimney fires and could be cleaned out quickly by a qualified chimney sweep, who will utilize special equipment as well as brushes to clean out soot and creosote build up.
Now's the perfect time to head over to the furnace, replace the air filters, and make sure the machine is operating as it should. Your furnace needs to automatically detect when the temperature drops in your home and turn on consequently. After you have established that your furnace is working correctly, go around the house and check each individual heater vent to make sure they are simply open and clear of hindrances.
Protect Outdoor Furniture and Grills
Extreme wintertime weather elements may cause your outside grill and patio furniture to corrode and decay. In advance of when winter begins, purchase a grill cover and patio furniture covers. Clean your stuff, allow it to dry thoroughly, and then safely cover it for the wintertime. Seating covers, cushions, and pillows ought to be stored in the garage until warm conditions show themselves yet again in the springtime.
Plan ahead and safeguard your home and lawn stuff from the nasty elements of winter. By making sure your house is winterized within the fall months, you will save time and money while not having to deal with the strain of costly home repairs.
We at A-1 Freeman Moving Group have all the workers and equipment available to assist you to move into your new residence, and are able to offer you advice and tips regarding how to best protect your new investment once you are all moved in.