Safeguarding Your Residence to Prevent Cold Weather Damage: What New Homeowners Need to Know
By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
The summer time is a preferred time for moving to a new home in Dallas. For newbie homeowners, it's a period that's brimming with thrill and enthusiasm as you get to begin a new quest with your loved ones whilst getting all moved in and settled. It's also a time of year you will want to begin contemplating the best way to defend your house from the harsh elements of imminent cold weather which is coming up next as the seasons change. If you are new to the world of homeownership, here are some ideas to ensure your home is winter weather ready this season:
Install Faucet Covers
Replacing ruptured water lines and faucets can be an a pricey situation, especially for new homeowners who might possibly have paid out a great deal of funds to move to Dallas to their new house in the first place. Before winter weather sets in, be sure you install insulated faucet covers on each of the faucets on the outside of of your residence. This is also the perfect time to inspect all uncovered piping around your house and wrap it up as required.
Clean the Gutters
If at all possible, you'll have gutters with built in covers or screens to prevent vegetation and crud from getting into the drainage reservoirs in the first place, however if not, then you should make an effort to clean them out prior to when the winter weather has arrived. Stopped up gutters get bogged down with water and additional weight should they be not draining correctly, and this can lead to the gutters falling off your residence.
Clean the Walkways
Foliage and other yard rubble may get slimy when it begins to get rotten and decay in bad weather and snowy conditions, and so this may cause slip and fall hazards. Have a hands-on strategy to look after your family and also company from injury and blow the clutter away before wintry weather begins.
Seal Doors and Windows
Drafts waste valuable energy and can lead to higher priced heating bills when winter weather makes its presence felt. Examine each door and window in your home and determine if you're able to feel a breeze coming through. Foam strips are a fast and inexpensive approach to close up the drafts in windows and doors. They are available in a variety of various thicknesses as well as styles, and have adhesive backs, to ensure that they will stay on virtually any surface. Down the road, you can consider purchasing storm or replacement windows and doors that will do a better job protecting your residence all seasons of the year.
Chimney Evaluation and Cleaning
Chimney fires genuinely are a dangerous problem which can be avoided with a little attention before Mother Nature turns down the temperature. Creosote buildup and bird's nests are the most common reasons for chimney fires and may be cleaned out quickly by a skilled chimney sweep, who will utilize specific tools as well as brushes to completely clean out soot and creosote build up.
Now could be the right time to take a look at the furnace, change the air filters, and make certain the device is functioning as it should. Your furnace needs to automatically recognize when the temperature declines at your residence and kick on accordingly. Once you have established that your furnace is working properly, go around the residence and look at each individual heater vent to make certain they're open and free of obstacles.
Secure Outdoor Furniture and Grills
Nasty wintertime weather elements may cause your outdoor grill as well as outdoor furniture to deteriorate and decay. Before winter sets in, buy a grill cover and deck furniture covers. Clean your items, allow it to dry thoroughly, and afterwards securely cover it for the winter. Seat covers, cushions, and pillows ought to be kept in the garage until warm temperatures show themselves yet again in the spring season.
Think ahead and safeguard your house and yard gear from the nasty elements of winter. By making sure your home is winterized within the fall season, you'll save time and expense while not having to bear the burden of expensive residence repairs.
We at A-1 Freeman Moving Group have all the workers and resources on hand to assist you to move into your new home, and are able to offer you tips and advice regarding how to best safeguard your new investment when you're all moved in.