Defending Your Home to Prevent Cold Weather Problems: What New Homeowners Must Know
By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
The summer time is a popular time of year for moving to a new home in Atlanta. For beginner homeowners, it's a time that's packed with thrill and enthusiasm as you get to depart on a new journey with your family while getting all moved in and settled. It is also a time of year when you have to commence thinking about the best way to protect your home from the harsh elements of impending wintry weather that is coming up next as the seasons change. If you are new to the realm of homeownership, here are some tips to ensure your house is winter ready this year:
Install Faucet Covers
Replacing ruptured water pipes and faucets is definitely an an expensive situation, especially for new homeowners who've shelled out a great deal of funds to move to Atlanta into their new residence to begin with. In advance of when frigid weather takes hold, make sure to install insulated faucet covers on each of the faucets on the exterior of your home. This is likewise the perfect time to examine all vulnerable piping around your residence and wrap it up as necessary.
Clean the Gutters
Ideally, you'll have gutters with built in covers or screens to prevent leaves as well as dirt from entering the drainage reservoirs initially, but if not, then you need to make an effort to clear them out before the freezing weather has arrived. Clogged gutters get bogged down with water and extra weight should they be not draining appropriately, and this can result in the rain gutters falling off your residence.
Clean the Sidewalks
Leaves and other landscape debris will become slippery if it begins to get rotten and decay in rain and also wintry conditions, and so this might lead to slip and fall risks. Have a proactive strategy to safeguard your loved ones and also guests from an accident and blow the build up aside before frigid weather begins.
Seal Doors and Windows
Drafts squander valuable energy and may lead to more expensive heating costs when wintry weather sets in. Check every window and door in your home and figure out if you can feel a breeze coming through. Foam strips are a quick and inexpensive way to close up the drafts in doors and windows. They are available in a number of various thicknesses and types, and have adhesive backs, to make sure they will stick to just about any surface. Down the road, you can consider purchasing storm or replacement windows and doors that should do a considerably better job protecting your residence all climates and seasons of the year.
Hearth Inspection and Cleaning
Chimney fires can be a dangerous issue that can be averted with a little TLC in advance of when Mother Nature flips down the temperature. Creosote accumulation and bird's nests are the most common reasons for chimney fires and can be cleaned out easily by a skilled chimney sweep, who'll use special equipment and brushes to clean out soot and creosote deposits.
Now is the best 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 detect when the temperature declines at your residence and kick on accordingly. Once you have established that your furnace is working properly, move around the home and look at each individual heater vent to make certain they are open and free of obstructions.
Safeguard Outdoor Furniture as well as Grills
Severe winter weather elements can cause your backyard grill as well as deck furniture to deteriorate and rot. Before winter sets in, purchase a grill cover and outdoor furniture covers. Clean your equipment, let it dry thoroughly, and then carefully cover it for the wintertime. Chair covers, cushions, and pillows should be held in the car port until warm conditions present themselves once more in the spring.
Think ahead and safeguard your residence and yard stuff from the harsh elements of winter. By making certain your house is winterized in the autumn months, you'll save time and money without having to bear the stress of expensive home repairs.
We at A-1 Freeman Moving Group have all the crews and equipment on hand to enable you to move into your new house, and are able to give you tips and advice regarding how to best defend your new investment once you are all settled in.