Defending Your House Against Winter Weather Problems: What New Homeowners Should Know11/26/2018By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group Summer is a preferred time for moving to a new home in El Paso. For beginner homeowners, it's a period which is brimming with excitement and enthusiasm as you get to embark on a whole new quest with your family while getting all moved in and settled. It is also a time of year you will want to start considering how you can protect your home from the nasty elements of imminent winter weather that is coming up next as the seasons change. In case you are new to the world of homeownership, here are some ideas to make sure your property is wintertime ready this year: Install Faucet Covers Repairing burst water pipes and faucets is often an expensive situation, particularly for new homeowners who have spent a great deal of money to move to El Paso to their new home to begin with. In advance of when cold weather takes hold, be sure you install insulated faucet covers on all the faucets on the outside of of your residence. This is also a good time to inspect all vulnerable piping around your house and cover it up as required. Clean the Gutters If at all possible, you should have gutters with built in covers or screens to prevent leaves as well as rubble from entering the drainage reservoirs initially, but if not, then you should try to clear them out prior to when the frigid weather has arrived. Stopped up gutters get bogged down with water and additional weight when they are not draining appropriately, and this can lead to the rain gutters falling off your residence. Clear the Walkways Vegetation and other lawn rubble can get slimy if it starts to decompose and decay in bad weather and snowy conditions, and so this can result in slip and fall hazards. Have a hands-on method to look after your loved ones along with visitors from an accident and blow the build up away in advance of when wintry weather sets in. Seal Doors and Windows Drafts use up significant energy and will lead to more costly heating bills when freezing weather begins. Inspect every door and window in your home and figure out if you're able to feel a breeze blowing through. Foam strips are a rapid and economical way to close up the drafts in doors and windows. They are available in a variety of various thicknesses and sizes, and have adhesive backs, to ensure that they will stay on just about any surface. Down the road, you can consider purchasing storm or replacement windows and doors that will perform a considerably better job protecting your residence all climates and seasons of the year. Fireplace Inspection and Cleaning Chimney fires can be a hazardous matter that may be prevented with some TLC prior to when Mother Nature flips down the temperature. Creosote buildup and bird's nests might possibly be the most frequent reasons for chimney fires and can be cleaned out swiftly by a qualified chimney sweep, who will employ specific equipment as well as brushes to completely clean out soot and creosote build up. Furnace Preservation Now could be the right time to head over to the furnace, replace the air filters, and make certain the machine is working as it should. Your furnace needs to automatically identify when the temperature drops in your home and turn on appropriately. When you have established that your furnace is working correctly, move around the residence and look at every heater vent to make sure they are open and free of obstructions. Secure Outdoor Furniture as well as Grills Nasty winter weather elements might cause your backyard grill as well as outdoor furniture to corrode and decay. Prior to when winter sets in, buy a grill cover and patio furniture covers. Clean your items, let it dry thoroughly, and afterwards securely cover it for the wintertime. Seating covers, cushions, and pillows needs to be stored in the car port until warm days show themselves once again in the springtime. Think ahead and defend your house and yard equipment from the nasty elements of winter. By making sure your home is winterized during the autumn months, you will save time and money without having to deal with the strain of costly home repairs. We at A-1 Freeman Moving Group have all the workers and resources on hand to enable you to move into your new residence, and can give you advice and tips on how to best safeguard your new investment once you are all settled in. Contact us today so we can aid with all your residential move to El Paso!