Protecting Your House to Prevent Cold Weather Damage: What New Homeowners Need to Know
By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Summer is a common time for moving to a new home in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. For beginner homeowners, it's a time which is packed with thrill and eagerness as you get to embark on a new journey with your family while getting all moved in and settled. It's also a time of year you will want to begin considering how you can protect your home against the severe elements of impending frigid weather that lies ahead as the seasons change. In case you are new to the arena of homeownership, here are some ideas to ensure your property is winter weather prepared this year:
Install Faucet Covers
Repairing broken water pipes and faucets can be an an expensive issue, specifically for new homeowners who have shelled out a significant amount of money to move to Tulsa and Oklahoma City into their new home to start with. In advance of when cold weather makes its presence felt, be sure to install insulated faucet covers on each of the faucets on the outside of of your home. This is also the perfect time to inspect any vulnerable piping around your home and wrap it up as required.
Clean the Gutters
If at all possible, you should have gutters with built in covers or screens to prevent foliage and also crud from getting into the drainage reservoirs initially, nevertheless, if not, then you need to make an effort to clear them out before the frigid weather has arrived. Stopped up gutters get bogged down with water and extra weight should they be not draining appropriately, and this can result in the gutters falling off your home.
Clear the Sidewalks
Vegetation and other landscape rubble can get slippery when it begins to get rotten and decay in bad weather and also wintry conditions, and so this can result in slip and fall hazards. Use a hands-on approach to protect your family members as well as friends from injury and blow the build up away in advance of when winter weather sets in.
Seal Doors and Windows
Drafts squander precious energy and may result in more expensive heating costs when wintry weather begins. Inspect each window and door at your residence and figure out if you're able to feel a breeze spilling through. Foam strips are a quick and affordable way to close up the drafts in windows and doors. They are available in a variety of various thicknesses and sizes, and have adhesive backs, to make sure they will stay on almost any surface. In the future, you can look at buying storm or replacement windows and doors that should perform a significantly better job protecting your residence all climates and seasons of the year.
Fireplace Evaluation and Cleaning
Chimney fires can be a serious issue that can be prevented with a little TLC prior to when Mother Nature turns down the temperature. Creosote accumulation and bird's nests tend to be the most frequent reasons for chimney fires and could be cleaned out swiftly by a qualified chimney sweep, who will employ specific equipment as well as brushes to completely clean out soot and creosote build up.
Now's the perfect time to head over to the furnace, switch out the air filters, and make sure the device is functioning as it should. Your furnace needs to automatically recognize once the temperature drops at your residence and turn on appropriately. After you have verified that your furnace is functioning properly, move around the house and check each and every heater vent to make certain they're open and free of obstructions.
Protect Patio Furniture as well as Bbq grills
Severe winter weather elements can cause your outdoor grill and patio furniture to deteriorate and rot. Prior to when winter sets in, buy a grill cover and outdoor furniture covers. Clean your stuff, allow it to dry completely, and afterwards safely cover it for the winter. Seating covers, cushions, and pillows should be held in the car port until warm conditions present themselves once more in the spring.
Plan ahead and safeguard your house and outdoor stuff from the severe elements of winter. By making certain your home is winterized within the autumn months, it can save you time and expense without having to bear the burden of pricey house repairs.
We at A-1 Freeman Moving Group have all the labor and resources available to assist you to move into your new residence, and will provide you with suggestions on how to best protect your new investment once you are all moved in.