Safeguarding Your Home From Winter Weather Damage: What New Homeowners Should Know
By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Summer is a common season for moving to a new home in Denver. For newbie homeowners, it is a time that is overflowing with excitement and eagerness as you get to begin a fresh path with your loved ones whilst getting all moved in and settled. Additionally it is a time of year when you have to commence contemplating how you can protect your residence from the extreme elements of impending wintry weather which is coming up next as the seasons change. In case you are new to the realm of homeownership, follow this advice to make sure your home is wintertime prepared this season:
Install Faucet Covers
Repairing burst water lines and faucets can be an an expensive problem, especially for new homeowners who have spent a great deal of money to move to Denver into their new house in the first place. In advance of when cold weather takes hold, make sure to install insulated faucet covers on all of the faucets on the outside of of your house. This is also the perfect time to check all uncovered piping around your home and cover it up as necessary.
Clean the Gutters
If at all possible, you'll have gutters with built in covers or screens to prevent foliage as well as debris from getting into the drainage reservoirs initially, but if not, then you should attempt to clear them out ahead of when the cold weather has arrived. Clogged gutters get bogged down with water and additional weight when they are not draining properly, and this can result in the gutters falling off your home.
Clear the Sidewalks
Leaves and other lawn rubble gets slimy if it starts to decompose and decay in bad weather and snowy conditions, and so this may cause slip and fall hazards. Take a hands-on approach to protect your family and friends from an accident and blow the build up away in advance of when wintry weather sets in.
Seal Doors and Windows
Drafts use up valuable energy and can bring about higher priced heating expenses when winter weather makes its presence felt. Inspect each individual door and window at your residence and determine if you're able to feel a breeze spilling through. Foam strips are a quick and economical approach to close up the drafts in windows and doors. They are available in a variety of different thicknesses and sizes, and have adhesive backs, so they will adhere to just about any surface. Down the road, you can think about purchasing storm or replacement windows and doors which will do a better job protecting your residence all climates and seasons of the year.
Fireplace Evaluation and Cleaning
Chimney fires can be a hazardous matter that can be avoided with some TLC prior to when Mother Nature turns down the thermostat. Creosote accumulation and bird's nests tend to be the most typical reasons for chimney fires and can be cleaned out easily by a skilled chimney sweep, who'll make use of specialized equipment and brushes to clean out soot and creosote build up.
Now could be the right time to head over to the furnace, change the air filters, and make certain the equipment is operating as it should. Your furnace should automatically recognize when the temperature falls in your home and turn on accordingly. After you have verified that your furnace is working correctly, go around the residence and look at every heater vent to ensure they are open and free of obstructions.
Safeguard Deck Furniture as well as Gas grills
Harsh wintertime weather elements may cause your backyard grill and deck furniture to corrode and rot. Before winter sets in, invest in a grill cover and patio furniture covers. Clean your items, let it dry thoroughly, and then safely cover it for the winter. Seat covers, cushions, and pillows needs to be kept in the car port until warm temperatures present themselves once more in the springtime.
Think ahead and safeguard your residence and outdoor gear from the extreme elements of winter. By making certain your house is winterized within the autumn months, you'll save time and expense and not have to carry 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 home, and can provide you with tips and advice on how to best safeguard your new investment when you're all settled in.