The following are upkeep items & repairs that should be completed before the bad weather arrives.
Gutters Are sure the gutters are clean. Gutters complete of debris including leaves & needles can lead to rot damage to wood on & in your property, infestations, foundation damage and water obtaining into your crawlspace or basement Watch for gutter leaks at the seams, often at the corners Downspouts ensure every section of downspout is securely fastened for the other, too as, to the gutter & the side from the residence. ensure any water is draining away from the home and doesn’t pool around or close for the foundation. Harm to foundations, driveways, and walkways can be the result. Any time water is allowed to pool close to your foundation, there is a risk of leakage into your house.
Trim all bushes & tree branches away from your electrical service wires (the wires from the power pole to your home), & building surfaces including your roof Fertilize the lawn to promote root growth Inspect all weather stripping & caulking around doors & windows. Replace where necessary to prevent cold drafts & increased heating fees.
Drain all outdoor water taps/spigot/hose bib to prevent water from freezing & rupturing the pipe leading towards the tap. If you don’t have frost-free faucets, you should consider insulating the tap using ready-made insulating covers (normally made of styrofoam & sold at house supply stores.)
Heating Servicing your furnace or boiler before winter ensures that your furnace will perform at its finest and less likely to fail to leave you without heat. You should replace the furnace filter – ought to be done quarterly, & will extend the life of one’s heating unit have an HVAC technician clean & service your furnace – increases the life & efficiency of the furnace or boiler. have your air ducts cleaned – will reduce the amount of dust in your home & can minimize your household reactions to pet dander & other allergens found in dust have your hot water tank serviced.
Have your wood-burning fireplace & chimney cleaned & inspected. Cracks in the bricks or grout & any build up creosote in the chimney is a fire hazard. Ensure that the damper is functioning & able to be secured open. I recommend using a WETT (Wood Energy Technician) certified technician as they specialize in wood-burning appliances. They may be found in BC at Fall House Cleaning During the winter months, your windows & doors are closed most of the time, restricting the amount of fresh air circulating into your house. If you clean your rugs, drapes, vacuum the heat registers & air returns (only if you didn’t have your air ducts cleaned professionally as suggested above), you can help reduce the amount of dust & other pollutants circulating in your house.