With the fall season well underway and winter only two months away, it’s time to prepare for the cold and harsh weather conditions that it brings. With high winds, low temperatures, and unpredictable snowstorms, the winter months can truly take a toll on your home and property. To prepare your home to withstand the winter months, take some time this fall to perform upgrades and maintenance tasks. Without the right preparation and maintenance, you could risk experiencing damage to your home. Performing these home maintenance tasks in the fall can help save you the hassle of worrying about your home during the snowy months of winter!

Interior Maintenance

Test The Heating System

Maintaining and assessing your heating system is a task that shouldn’t be overlooked! Before you begin performing any maintenance tasks, take some time to ensure your heater/furnace is functioning properly. It is recommended that you conduct a test of your heating system by turning up the heat and checking if there are any issues. If you notice any problems, contact a trusted technician for a full and thorough inspection. Furthermore, perform an inspection of your exhaust and heating vents to ensure no debris is blocking the airflow. If you notice that there is a blockage, contact a technician to clean your vents properly.

Exterior Maintenance

Protect Your Plumbing System

During the winter months, numerous Canadians run the risk of having their pipes freeze due to the low temperatures. Frozen pipes can lead to a burst pipe in the system, which could result in thousands of dollars in damage to the home. Luckily, there are steps that you can take to minimize the risk of your pipes bursting, such as insulating any exposed piping, and keeping your home at a set temperature. For added protection, it is recommended to wrap the pipes with electrical heating tape before insulating them.

Inspect The Roof

Maintaining your roof can help you prevent flooding and leaks during the winter months. Your gutters and downspouts play an essential role in protecting your home from any flooding and should be maintained regularly. The fall months might have caused a blockage in your gutters and downspouts due to the fallen leaves and debris.

To ensure they are both functioning correctly, clear away any debris and consider installing a leaf guard. Inspect your roof edges for any damaged flashing or shingles and replace them if needed. Damaged flashing or shingles can cause a leak, so make sure to replace them as soon as possible.

Prepare Your Backyard

If you have a pool, take the necessary steps to prepare it for the wintertime. Contact a pool technician to carry out the tasks needed to winterize your pool and safeguard it from the harsh winter months. To prevent pipes from cracking and bursting, drain all outdoor faucets such as your garden hoses and sprinkler system. For winterizing any outdoor taps, make sure to shut off the water supply, drain the pipes thoroughly, and allow all water contained within the hose bibbs to flush out.

Get Ready For Winter

It’s always best to be prepared, particularly when a traditional Canadian winter hits. The unexpected weather and harsh conditions can wreak havoc on your property and home if they have not been well maintained. If you find any of these maintenance tasks difficult to do, contact a trusted technician.

For more home maintenance tips, check out our blog on Protecting Your Home From Water Damage. If you have any questions about your home insurance, contact us today!