Defending Your Home Against Winter Weather Problems: What New Homeowners Should Know
By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Summer is a favorite season for moving to a new home in San Antonio. For beginner homeowners, it's a period which is brimming with thrill and enthusiasm as you get to begin a whole new quest with your family while getting all moved in and settled. It's also a time of year you will want to start thinking about how you can protect your house from the nasty elements of imminent wintry weather that is coming up next as the seasons change. If 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
Fixing broken water pipes and faucets is often an expensive situation, particularly for new homeowners who've spent a great deal of money to move to San Antonio to their new home to begin with. In advance of when cold weather takes hold, be sure you install insulated faucet covers on all of the faucets on the outside of of your residence. This is additionally a great time to inspect all vulnerable piping around your house and cover it up as necessary.
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 attempt to clear them out before 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 yard 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. Take a hands-on method to look after your loved ones as well as 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 result in more costly heating bills when freezing weather begins. Inspect every door and window in your house and figure out if you're able to feel a breeze coming through. Foam strips are a rapid and economical method 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 can 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 special equipment as well as brushes to completely clean out soot and creosote deposits.
Now could be the perfect time to pay a visit to the furnace, replace the air filters, and make certain the device is operating as it should. Your furnace needs to automatically detect when the temperature falls in your home and turn on appropriately. When you have established that your furnace is working correctly, go around the residence and look at each and every heater vent to make sure they are open and free of obstructions.
Secure Patio Furniture as well as Gas grills
Nasty winter weather elements might cause your backyard grill as well as outdoor furniture to rust and decay. Prior to when winter sets in, buy a grill cover and patio furniture covers. Clean your items, let it dry completely, and afterwards securely cover it for the wintertime. Seating covers, cushions, and pillows should be kept in the car port until warm days show themselves once again in the springtime.
Think ahead and defend your home and lawn equipment from the nasty elements of winter. By making sure your house is winterized during the autumn months, you will save money and time without having to deal with the burden 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 will give you advice and tips regarding how to best safeguard your new investment when you are all settled in.