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 is a time that is filled with adventure and eagerness as you get to depart on a new quest with your family while getting all moved in and settled. It is 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 realm of homeownership, here are some ideas to ensure your house is winter ready this year: Install Faucet Covers Replacing ruptured water pipes and faucets is definitely an a pricey issue, especially for new homeowners who might possibly have spent a lot of funds to move to Austin into their new residence to begin with. Prior to when cold weather takes hold, be sure you install insulated faucet covers on all of the faucets on the exterior of your house. This is additionally a good time to check any uncovered piping around your house and wrap it up as required. Clean the Gutters If at all possible, you should have gutters with built in covers or screens to keep foliage and debris from entering the drainage reservoirs to begin with, however 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 adequately, and this can lead to the gutters falling off your residence. Clean the Walkways Leaves along with landscape debris will become slippery when it starts to rot and decay in bad weather as well as snowy conditions, which can lead to slip and fall dangers. Have a hands-on approach to safeguard your loved ones and also company from injury and blow the debris aside before wintry weather begins. Seal Windows and Doors Drafts use up valuable energy and will bring about more expensive heating bills when wintry weather begins. Examine each individual window and door in your home and determine if you can feel a draft blowing through. Foam strips are a fast and affordable method 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 stick to virtually any surface. Down the road, you can consider purchasing storm or replacement windows and doors that will perform a considerably better job insulating your house all climates and seasons of the year. Chimney Inspection and Cleaning Chimney fires are a hazardous issue which can be prevented with a little 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 tools as well as brushes to clean out soot and creosote build up. Furnace Maintenance Now is the best time to head over to the furnace, switch out the air filters, and make sure the machine is working as it should. Your furnace ought to automatically detect if the temperature falls at your residence and turn on appropriately. After you have established that your furnace is working properly, go around the house and look at every heater vent to ensure they're open and clear of obstacles. Protect Patio Furniture and Grills Severe wintertime weather elements can cause your outdoor grill and deck furniture to corrode and rot. Prior to when winter begins, purchase a grill cover and outdoor furniture covers. Clean your equipment, allow it to dry thoroughly, and after that securely cover it for the wintertime. Chair covers, cushions, and pillows should be stored in the car port until warm temperatures show themselves yet again in the spring. Plan ahead and protect your home and yard equipment from the extreme elements of winter. By ensuring your house is winterized during the fall months, you will save time and expense while not having to carry the burden 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 will provide you with advice and tips regarding 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!