Defending Your House to Prevent Cold Weather Problems: What New Homeowners Need to Know
By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
The summer time is a popular time for moving to a new home in Tulsa. For first time homeowners, it's a period that's brimming with thrill and zeal as you get to begin a new journey with your loved ones while getting all moved in and settled. It's also a time of year when you have to begin thinking about how to defend your home from the severe elements of impending winter weather that is coming up next as the seasons change. Should you be new to the realm of homeownership, here are some tips to ensure your property is winter weather ready this season:
Install Faucet Covers
Replacing burst water lines and faucets is definitely an an expensive situation, especially for new homeowners who might possibly have shelled out a great deal of funds to move to Tulsa into their new house in the first place. Prior to when cold weather makes its presence felt, be sure to install insulated faucet covers on all of the faucets on the exterior of your home. This is also the perfect time to inspect all exposed piping around your home and wrap it up as needed.
Clean the Gutters
If at all possible, you should have gutters with built in covers or screens to keep vegetation and also rubble from entering the drainage reservoirs to begin with, however if not, then you should try to clear them out prior to when the cold weather has arrived. Stopped up gutters get bogged down with water and extra weight if they are not draining appropriately, and this can result in the gutters falling off your home.
Clear the Sidewalks
Foliage as well as other lawn debris will become slippery if it starts to decompose and decay in rain and also snowy conditions, and so this can result in slip and fall hazards. Use a proactive strategy to safeguard your family and also guests from an accident and blow the debris away in advance of when wintry weather takes hold.
Seal Windows and Doors
Drafts use up precious energy and can lead to more costly heating expenses when freezing weather sets in. Check every window and door at your residence and determine if you're able to feel a draft blowing through. Foam strips are a rapid and economical method to seal up the drafts in doors and windows. They are available in a variety of various thicknesses as well as styles, and have adhesive backs, to ensure that they will stay on just about any surface. In the future, you can think about buying storm or replacement windows and doors which will perform a considerably better job protecting your house all seasons of the year.
Chimney Assessment and Cleaning
Chimney fires can be a dangerous problem that can be averted with some attention prior to when Mother Nature turns down the temperature. Creosote accumulation and bird's nests tend to be the most common reasons for chimney fires and may be cleaned out easily by a qualified chimney sweep, who'll employ specialized instruments as well as brushes to completely clean out soot and creosote deposits.
Now's the right time to take a look at the furnace, change the air filters, and ensure the equipment is working as it should. Your furnace needs to automatically identify when the temperature falls in your house and kick on accordingly. After you have verified that your furnace is working correctly, go around the house and examine every heater vent to make sure they are open and clear of obstacles.
Secure Deck Furniture and Bbq grills
Extreme wintertime weather elements can cause your outdoor grill as well as patio furniture to rust and decay. In advance of when winter makes its presence felt, purchase a bbq grill cover and patio furniture covers. Clean your equipment, let it dry completely, and after that safely cover it for the wintertime. Seating covers, cushions, and pillows should be stored in the car port until warm conditions show themselves yet again in the spring season.
Plan ahead and safeguard your residence and yard equipment from the severe elements of winter. By making sure your house is winterized within the fall season, it can save you time and expense and not have to deal with the stress of expensive house repairs.
We at A-1 Freeman Moving Group have all the labor and resources on hand to enable you to move into your new home, and will provide you with tips and advice concerning how to best protect your new investment when you're all settled in.