Safeguarding Your House From Winter Weather Damage: What New Homeowners Must Know
By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
The summer time is a common time of year for moving to a new home in Colorado Springs. For first time homeowners, this is a period which is packed with adventure and enthusiasm as you get to depart on a new journey with your family whilst getting all moved in and settled. It's also a time of year when you need to start contemplating how you can safeguard your home from the severe elements of imminent wintry weather which lies ahead as the seasons change. If you are new to the arena of homeownership, follow this advice to ensure your property is winter ready this season:
Install Faucet Covers
Fixing burst water pipes and faucets can be an a costly problem, specifically for new homeowners who have shelled out a great deal of money to move to Colorado Springs into their new home to begin with. Prior to when frigid weather makes its presence felt, make sure to install insulated faucet covers on each of the faucets on the outside of of your residence. This is also the perfect time to examine any vulnerable piping around your home and wrap it up as required.
Clean the Gutters
Preferably, you should have rain gutters with built in covers or screens to keep vegetation and crud from entering the drainage reservoirs initially, however if not, then you need to make an effort to clean them out before the freezing weather has arrived. Stopped up gutters get bogged down with water and additional weight if they are not draining adequately, and this may lead to the gutters falling off your home.
Clear the Sidewalks
Foliage along with yard debris will become slimy when it begins to rot and decay in bad weather and also wintry conditions, and so this might lead to slip and fall risks. Use a hands-on strategy to look after your loved ones and friends from incident and blow the build up aside before frigid weather takes hold.
Seal Doors and Windows
Drafts squander precious energy and may lead to more expensive heating expenses when winter weather sets in. Examine every window and door in your house and see if you're able to feel a draft spilling through. Foam strips are a quick and affordable way to seal up the drafts in doors and windows. They are available in numerous various thicknesses as well as types, and have adhesive backs, to ensure that they will stay on virtually any surface. Later on, you can think about buying storm or replacement windows and doors that will perform a significantly better job protecting your home all climates and seasons of the year.
Chimney Assessment and Cleaning
Chimney fires are a dangerous issue which can be prevented with a bit of TLC before Mother Nature flips down the thermostat. Creosote accumulation and bird's nests are the most common reasons for chimney fires and can be cleaned out quickly by a qualified chimney sweep, who'll employ specialized equipment as well as brushes to completely clean out soot and creosote deposits.
Now could be the best time to pay a visit to the furnace, switch out the air filters, and make sure the machine is functioning as it should. Your furnace should automatically identify once the temperature declines at your residence and kick on accordingly. Once you have established that your furnace is working correctly, move around the home and check each and every heater vent to ensure they're open and free of obstacles.
Secure Deck Furniture and Grills
Severe wintertime weather elements may cause your outdoor grill and deck furniture to deteriorate and rot. In advance of when winter begins, invest in a bbq grill cover and outdoor furniture covers. Clean your equipment, let it dry completely, and then securely cover it for the winter. Seating covers, cushions, and pillows should be stored in the car port until warm temperatures present themselves once more in the springtime.
Think ahead and defend your residence and yard stuff from the harsh elements of winter. By ensuring your house is winterized within the fall months, you'll save money and time while not having to bear the strain of pricey residence repairs.
We at A-1 Freeman Moving Group have all the labor and equipment on hand to enable you to move into your new residence, and are able to offer you tips and advice regarding how to best safeguard your new investment when you are all settled in.