Marie-Claude Dulac

By Marie-Claude Dulac

October 30, 2015

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11 Fall Home Maintenance Tips to Get Ready for Winter

Article revised on 26 October 2018

It’s time for fall home maintenance to prepare the interior and exterior of your home for the cold season ahead and reduce the risk of avoidable damages! Here’s a reminder of what to watch for and steps to take.

1. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors:
The arrival of cold weather means it’s time to turn the heat back on in our homes. And when the heaters are on, there is an increased risk of fire. So change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors! Make sure you have a detector installed near the bedrooms. Lastly, if the detectors are over 10 years old, it’s time to replace them.

2. Air vents:
Remove lint or anything else that could obstruct the air vents for some of your appliances like the dryer, range hood, ventilators and air exchangers.

3. Water hose:
Close the indoor valve if you have one. Drain the external tap and store the hoses to prevent the water from freezing in the pipes.

4. Chimney:
Have the chimney swept by specialists and ask them to check the condition of the bricks, anchors and cap.

5. Basement windows:
Ensure that the window joint sealings are in good condition.

6. Foundations:
Carefully examine the foundation to detect any cracks and if you spot any, have them repaired quickly by a specialist to prevent water infiltration.

7. Gutters:
When the leaves around your house have fallen, clear the gutters and downspouts of debris. Make sure everything is waterproof and securely fixed. Lastly, ensure that the gutters direct the water at least 1.5 m from the foundations.

8. Heat pump:
Clear all debris or vegetation that may interfere with its air supply or prevent it from operating properly.

9. Roof:
Carefully inspect the roof and replace any shingles, vents and joint sealings that are no longer in good condition.

10. Sidewalks, patios and parking spots:
Lower the risk of falling by checking the condition of your parking spots, sidewalks and patios. If they are collapsed or damaged, have them repaired. Put a bin of slip-resistant sand or pellets near the entrance door.

11. Snow removal: prevent damages
If you use professional snow removers, create trails or make sure they mark all low walls or other obstacles around your entrance to prevent damage.

And there you have it! Once you have completed these few fall maintenance steps, you will be ready to tackle winter with peace of mind!

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