Before The Rain
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We are extremely lucky to live in beautiful Victoria where we rarely get snow and subarctic temperatures - but we do get lots of rain! Rain and cooler temperatures can damage your home so it’s important to take a few hours this fall to get your home ready.
You may be thinking, “Ugh, this is going to cost me!” Well, maybe a little. The good thing is there are lots of things you can do now, that cost very little, to prevent costly repairs in the future. We’ll also clue you in on when you may need to call in the professionals!
This is one of the best and least expensive ways you can winterize your home and prevent further damage.
Use a screwdriver to GENTLY probe around the trim of windows, doorframes, railings and decks, and seal up any areas that need it. This simple measure will prevent heat from escaping - saving you money on your heating bills, as well as prevent water from leaking in – leading to mould and further problems.
If your windows and/or doors are quite old and seem a bit drafty, it will likely be worth the cost to replace them in the long run.
Clean your gutters
Leaves and other debris fall into your gutters, creating clogs which leads to leaks and drainage issues.
Flush out your drains, and tighten the brackets while you’re up there. Consider installing some inexpensive gutter guards to make the job easier next year!
Check your roof
While you’re up on your ladder cleaning out your gutters, give your roof a quick once-over. Look for loose or missing shingles and deal with those before they cause any leaks.
Be warned that if your roof needs more than a shingle or two re-adhered, it may be time to call in the experts and get a new one.
Check your siding and paint
Walk around your home and check for any peeling paint or siding that has gaped. A simple touch up now can prevent costly replacement in the future. Lack of siding doesn’t offer protection and can allow water, and other damage, to creep in.
If you haven’t already, now is the time to pop it out of your window and store it away. And while you're at it, give the filter a quick vacuum to save you time in the spring.
If your unit is outdoors, or unremovable, wrap it in a heavy tarp, or invest in a special AC cover. You don’t want it rusting, ruining vital parts!
It may be tempting to abandon the leaves on the lawn – they’ll mulch themselves right?! Maybe not. Heavy, damp leaves can actually suffocate your grass leading to "burn spots" and possible insect issues!
Prepare the deck
Clean then store away/cover all your outdoor furniture and your BBQ.
Fill any small cracks or loose boards.
Turn off exterior water pipes
Yes, even in Victoria where we have fairly mild winters, some days – and a lot of nights – do drop below zero. Therefore, your pipes could freeze. That would lead to major (read: costly) damage.
Turn off your outside water source(s) then make sure you run the water until it is all drained. Leaving water in the pipes is what does the damage.
Check your fireplace
There’s not much better on those cool, rainy nights than cuddling up in front of the fireplace but you need to inspect it (at least) yearly to make sure the seals are tight, there are no clogs and no ventilation issues.
Although this is something you can check yourself, it may be worth finding a professional to check it out once in a while.
Check smoke and other alarms
You should be changing the batteries and giving them a quick test a few times a year anyway, so don’t forget to do that NOW!
If you don’t already have a carbon monoxide detector in your home, consider spending a few dollars on one – just in case!
Spend a few hours this weekend taking care of a few things and you’ll ensure your investment lasts you as long as possible. If it’s time for a new home, give us a call so we can find you the perfect one for you!