Shielding Your Home From Winter Weather Problems: What New Homeowners Should Know11/26/2018By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group Summer is a popular season for moving to a new home in Austin. For beginner homeowners, it's a time that is filled with adventure and zeal as you get to depart on a fresh quest with your family while getting all moved in and settled. It's also a time of year when you need to start thinking about how to guard your residence from the severe elements of impending winter weather which is coming up next as the seasons change. If you are new to the world of homeownership, here are some ideas to make sure your home is winter ready this year: Install Faucet Covers Replacing ruptured water pipes and faucets is definitely an a costly issue, especially for new homeowners who might possibly have spent a lot of funds to move to Austin into their new residence in the first place. Before cold weather takes hold, be sure you install insulated faucet covers on all of the faucets on the exterior of your house. This is also a good time to check any exposed piping around your home and wrap it up as necessary. Clean the Gutters If at all possible, you should have gutters with built in covers or screens to keep foliage as well as debris from entering the drainage reservoirs in the first place, but if not, then you should make an effort to clean them out ahead of when the winter weather has arrived. Stopped up gutters get bogged down with water and additional weight if they are not draining correctly, and this can result in the gutters falling off your residence. Clean the Walkways Leaves along with landscape debris may get slippery when it starts to decompose and decay in bad weather and snowy conditions, which can lead to slip and fall dangers. Take a hands-on strategy to protect your family and also company from incident and blow the clutter aside before wintry weather begins. Seal Windows and Doors Drafts use up precious energy and will bring about more expensive heating bills when wintry weather begins. Look at each individual window and door in your house and see if you can feel a draft coming through. Foam strips are a fast and reasonably priced way to close up the drafts in windows and doors. They come in numerous various thicknesses as well as sizes, and have adhesive backs, to make sure they will adhere to virtually any surface. Down the road, you can consider investing in storm or replacement windows and doors which will perform a considerably better job insulating your home all climates and seasons of the year. Chimney Inspection and Cleaning Chimney fires are a hazardous problem which can be avoided with some attention before Mother Nature flips down the temperature. Creosote buildup and bird's nests might possibly be the most frequent reasons for chimney fires and could be cleaned out rapidly by a skilled chimney sweep, who will use specialized equipment as well as brushes to clean out soot and creosote build up. Furnace Upkeep Now's the best time to head over to the furnace, switch out the air filters, and ensure the machine is working as it should. Your furnace should automatically detect when the temperature falls at your residence and turn on accordingly. After you have established that your furnace is functioning properly, go around the house and look at every heater vent to make sure they are open and clear of obstacles. Protect Patio Furniture and Gas grills Severe wintertime weather elements can cause your outside grill and patio furniture to corrode and rot. Prior to when winter begins, invest in a grill cover and outdoor furniture covers. Clean your items, allow it to dry completely, and then securely cover it for the wintertime. Chair covers, cushions, and pillows needs to be kept in the car port until warm temperatures show themselves yet again in the springtime. Plan ahead and protect your home and lawn equipment from the severe elements of winter. By ensuring your home is winterized during the fall months, you'll save time and expense while not having to bear the strain of costly house 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 can offer you advice and tips on how to best safeguard your new investment once you are all moved in. Contact us now so we can aid with all your residential move to Austin!