Defending Your House From Winter Weather Problems: What New Homeowners Need to 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 Little Rock. For newbie homeowners, this is a period which is brimming with excitement and zeal as you get to embark on a fresh quest with your loved ones whilst getting all moved in and settled. It's also a time of year when you have to begin considering how you can safeguard your residence from the nasty elements of impending frigid weather which lies ahead as the seasons change. If you are new to the arena of homeownership, follow this advice to make sure your home is winter weather prepared this season:
Install Faucet Covers
Replacing burst water lines and faucets can be an a pricey problem, specifically for new homeowners who have paid out a lot of funds to move to Little Rock to their new house to start with. In advance of when freezing weather takes hold, be sure to install insulated faucet covers on each of the faucets on the exterior of your house. This is additionally a good time to examine all exposed piping around your residence and wrap it up as necessary.
Clean the Gutters
Preferably, you should have gutters with built in covers or screens to keep leaves and also rubble from getting into the drainage reservoirs initially, however if not, then you should attempt to clean them out ahead of when the winter weather has arrived. Stopped up gutters get bogged down with water and extra weight should they be not draining appropriately, and this can lead to the gutters falling off your home.
Clear the Walkways
Foliage along with landscape debris will become slippery when it begins to decompose and decay in bad weather as well as wintry conditions, and so this might lead to slip and fall hazards. Use a hands-on method to look after your loved ones and guests from incident and blow the build up aside before cold weather sets in.
Seal Windows and Doors
Drafts waste significant energy and may bring about more expensive heating bills when frigid weather begins. Inspect each individual door and window in your home and determine if you're able to feel a breeze spilling through. Foam strips are a fast and reasonably priced method to close up the drafts in doors and windows. They are available in a variety of various thicknesses as well as sizes, and have adhesive backs, to ensure that they will adhere to almost any surface. Later on, you can consider investing in storm or replacement windows and doors that will do a better job protecting your home all seasons of the year.
Fireplace Evaluation and Cleaning
Chimney fires are a serious problem that can be prevented with a little TLC prior to when Mother Nature flips down the thermostat. Creosote accumulation and bird's nests tend to be the most common factors behind chimney fires and could be cleaned out swiftly by a qualified chimney sweep, who'll use specific equipment and brushes to completely clean out soot and creosote deposits.
Now is the perfect time to pay a visit to the furnace, switch out the air filters, and make sure the machine is operating as it should. Your furnace needs to automatically recognize when the temperature falls at your residence and turn on accordingly. When you have verified that your furnace is working properly, move around the residence and check every heater vent to ensure they are open and free of obstacles.
Protect Deck Furniture as well as Grills
Nasty wintertime weather elements may cause your outside grill as well as deck furniture to deteriorate and decay. In advance of when winter begins, purchase a grill cover and patio furniture covers. Clean your items, allow it to dry completely, and after that safely cover it for the winter. Seating covers, cushions, and pillows ought to be stored in the garage until warm days present themselves once more in the spring.
Plan ahead and protect your home and lawn gear from the nasty elements of winter. By making certain your property is winterized within the autumn season, you will save time and money and not have to bear the burden of costly residence repairs.
We at A-1 Freeman Moving Group have all the labor and equipment on hand to assist you to move into your new home, and can provide you with suggestions regarding how to best defend your new investment when you are all settled in.