When we expect the coming of winter, especially in and around the Lloydminster, Wainwright and Cold Lake areas, what is one of the things we do every year?
We look at our vehicle and try to determine, how’s the tires, the antifreeze, windshield washer fluid, and the list goes on.
But with the approach of winter do we consider whether our home is ready?
Here are some tips to keep in mind as we look after our most important and valuable asset.
* Are the roof gutters and downspouts clear of leaves and debris? This will also help prevent possible ice damning which causes water damage to many houses every year.
* Are all outside water taps shut off and the hoses disconnected to avoid ice build up? We get flood calls every year because of this happening.
* Has the furnace been cleaned and new filters installed? Besides saving you money by operating more efficiently this is reduce problems with smoke and odour as well.
* Check and inspect your fire alarms and carbon monoxide monitors prior to the heating season. Most manufactures of these units highly recommend you replace the batteries at least every six months.
* Do you have a good snow shovel on hand? An ergonomic one is worth considering as they can take a lot of stress off your back.
* Is there sufficient ice melt for the sidewalks and driveways? Slip and falls are never good. An once of prevention can save long term consequences.
* Ensure that the bathroom and kitchen fans are in good working order to avoid high humidity, thus reducing condensation on windows and windowsills. We have mould remediation work on the go all the time. But the best way to deal with mould is to prevent it from occurring.
* Clean and maintain the dryer vents and ensure that they are properly insulated if they go through any cold environments on the way out of the structure. This can go along ways to reduce to potential problems. Prevent mould damage and reducing the risk of fire damage from a blocked exhaust hose or vent.
* If you go away for the weekend or a sunny destination for a period of time, ensure someone checks the property on a regular basis and maintain a reasonable temperature in the home to avoid freezing pipes and the resulting water damage that could occur.
This does not cover every detail associated with the winter months but hopefully it will inspire you to look a little bit closer to determine whether you are ready for those cold snaps, thawing periods, or those slippery surfaces that all arrive with the first snowfall. At Spectrum Restoration DKI we treat every property as if it is our own when we help property owners with fire, wind or water damage, we also like to share tips and idea’s like those above to help you with your home maintenance.
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