Time To Winterize Your Home!.

As we pack away the Halloween decorations and store away the unbelievable amounts of left over candy, it’s time to break out the winter gear and ramp up the holiday cheer, as our inevitable Canadian winter is on its way!

Besides the holiday decorations, eggnog, work parties, and all around festive cheer the winter season brings, your home also needs some holiday preparation to ensure a smooth winter and easy transition back into spring. That’s why we’ve formulated our top 7 tips to winterize your home this season, helping you keeping heat in and energy bills down - ensuring you and your home are ready for the cold weather ahead!

 

Clean The Gutters

By this time of year, there is most likely a large accumulation of fallen leaves that can potentially be blocking your gutters. Cleaning them out prior to the arrival of winter is extremely crucial, as cleaning this area will ensure the eaves troughs can continue to drain water from melted snow and prevent leaks. Simply put a ladder up and bring a plastic bucket and gloves to clean them out by hand. Then rinse the gutters with a hose to get rid of residual dirt.  

 

 

 

 

Pack Up The Patio 

By this time of year, there is most likely a large accumulation of fallen leaves that can potentially be blocking your gutters. Cleaning them out prior to the arrival of winter is extremely crucial, as cleaning this area will ensure the eaves troughs can continue to drain water from melted snow and prevent leaks. Simply put a ladder up and bring a plastic bucket and gloves to clean them out by hand. Then rinse the gutters with a hose to get rid of residual dirt. 

 

 

 

Drain The Hose Pipes 

Forgetting to drain all your hose pipes can be a very costly error that could result in major renovation. Draining your hose of excess water prior to winter’s below freezing temperatures will prevent them from bursting in these extreme climates. The best part, the process is simple!

Turn off the main water supply to your hose pipes by manually turning off the water valve from inside the house. Continue to squeeze and spray the hose to allow for all the remaining water in the hose to drain out. Store away for next season. 

 

 

 

Prep Your Heating System

Before the cold weather hits and your furnace starts working overtime, it’s essential to ensure everything is working and no maintenance on the furnace needs to be performed. Prior to calling a professional, there are a few simple tips you can perform at home in order to help you evaluate if your furnace is ready for winter. Simply turn it on and make sure it fires up. An unpleasant smell may arise within the first few minutes, but if this odour continues to persist, it may be time to call a professional for an inspection. You should be checking the filters monthly and change them periodically when they build up with dirt, to ensure proper air flow throughout your home. 

 

Clean The Garage

Many of us are guilty for utilizing our garage as an unorganized storage space instead of efficiently using the space to park our cars or store our winter equipment. Cleaning the garage prior to the impeding cold weather is a huge advantage, as parking your cars inside allows for safe storage as well as a small chance of encountering functional issues as a result of the cold climate. In the event of an extreme cold weather alert, storm, or widespread power outage, having a safely stored vehicle is a great safety net to afford yourself in the winter. 

 

 

 

 

Be Emergency Ready

Emergency kits, extra batteries, flashlights, and candles are some winter emergency kit essentials for those unexpected situations. The most common situation to occur would be a power outage, so making sure your stocked up on some of these items will ensure you and your family remain safe and warm. Make sure this kit is somewhere that is easily accessible and that everyone is aware of, making it quick and easy to obtain in the event of an emergency or power outage. 

 

 

Following these tips are an excellent way to ensure that your home doesn’t fall victim to the potential damages the harsh winter brings, while also keeping your energy bills affordable during the few months where more heat is being used. Following these tips will contribute to an easy transition into spring, providing a greater chance that no damage is left behind from the previously harsh climate.