As winter inches closer, now is the time to prepare by repairing your home. Repairs you make now will pay off tremendously in the future. Ensuring that your home’s cold-weather systems are running efficiently will save you money and major headaches in the long run.
Protect Your Hoses
Watering season is over, but you’re not done with your outdoor watering system quite yet. To avoid cracked hoses and burst faucets over the winter, turn off water valves in your home and drain all remaining water from the taps and hoses.
Tip: Unrolling the hose down a gentle slope will let the water run out completely.
Take Care of Your Pots
If you decide to keep your collection of colourful clay pots outside for winter, make sure you empty the soil before you do. The moisture in the earth will expand when frozen, which can crack those precious ceramic containers.
Tip: removing the soil now will make it easier to re-position and plant the pots come spring time.
Mind the Gutters
Backed up letters and cause all sorts of wintertime hassles such as roof leaks, ice dams, and while water damage. Before the snow comes, get your gutters cleared out by a professional. Tip: Make sure all downspout extensions run at least 1.5 metres away from your homes foundation.
Caulk Your Windows
A thin line of silicon caulking is one of the best ways to seal gaps in the siding, windows, and door frames. If you can see a gap that’s bigger than the width of a nickel, you need to seal it immediately to stop drafts and water damage in their tracks.
Tip: Pick up some weatherstripping for doors as well, you shouldn’t be able to see daylight from inside your home.
Examine Your Heater
Don’t wait until the thermometer dips below zero to think about your home’s heating system. Prep now and be ready. A technician can inspect, test and clean your furnace or heat pump to ensure they’re in tip-top shape for winter.
Tip: Ask for a carbon monoxide measurement at the same time as the inspection.
Examine Your Roof
Give your roof a careful once over. Keep your eyes peeled for damage, or missing and loose shingles. Hire a handyman for patching jobs or a roofing company for larger sections in need of some TLC before winter comes.
Tip: Take time to investigate the flashing around chimneys and vent stacks too.
Protect Your A/C
While it may be tempting to wrap your entire external air conditioning unit in plastic wrap, resist the urge. Doing this can cause corrosion and is an inviting spot for nesting rodents. Instead, place a piece of made-to-measure plywood over the unit during winter and protect it from large, falling icicles and snowdrifts.
The snow and cold is on its way! Make sure your house is ready
Thanks to Re/Max Canada for all of these great tips!
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