Winterize Home : Prepare Your Home for Winter Now
With the seasons set to change, Mortgage and Real Estate Professionals can do much to help their homeowner clients by advising them on how to prepare their properties for the coming cold weather.
Knowing that the harsh Canadian winters can take the greatest toll on a property, homeowners should take proactive steps to protect their properties- and their assets, to prevent potentially costly repairs when the snow does thaw.
Homeowners need to clean out eaves troughs and spouts from debris like leaves- making sure that water will flow where it is intended to- away from the home’s foundation.
Now is the time to get non-electric heating systems serviced, before the cold sets in- along with the busy season. Also check chimneys and combustion vents for debris.
Remove dust from around baseboard heaters. Also vacuum forced-air vents to get rid of all dust and debris for most efficient, less hazardous flow of air when you do turn the heat on.
If there is an HRV with the property, go outside to make sure that the air intake grille is free of debris. Also make sure that it is turned on- and set to the right speed.
Make sure well water is of acceptable quality; remove obstructions from sump pumps, and make sure that they will function as they need to during a flooding emergency. For septic tanks, if they need to be emptied, now is the time.
Looking at the exterior of the home, remove screens, and make sure all windows and doors seal tightly—and take care of any drafts before the cold weather comes.
Make sure that the foundation is well protected before the snow flies. Do a walk about, and look at the lay of the land. Is there anything present that will prevent the flow of water in a thaw away from the home, instead directing it back towards the foundation?
It is also time to come to grips with the fact that backyard BBQ’s are nearing their end. Towards the end of the month, look at storing patio furniture and wrap up vulnerable shrubs and bushes to protect from the elements.
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