November is here, which means snow is right around the corner! It's important to consider the potential damage cold, icy and snowy conditions can cause to your home, if it isn't properly prepared.
Today, I'll provide you with tips to help you prepare your home for the upcoming winter months.
A routine check up on your furnace to ensure it's running properly and efficiently, could help you save money once winter arrives.
Remove your hoses from outdoor faucets. When the freezing temperatures arrive, and garden hoses are left attached, water can easily backup in the faucets within your exterior walls, causing it to freeze and expand, which can lead to cracks in your pipes.
By sealing cracks that could let cool air in, you'll save yourself a lot of hassle and heat bills in the winter. Using colour-matched caulk found at your local hardware store, make a trip around the exterior of your home and seal up any cracks you may find between trim and siding, around windows, doors and where pipes and wires enter your house.
Check your gutters and clear out any debris such as fallen leaves, twigs, dirt and gunk. Make sure there is no where that water is being trapped, trapped water leads to ice build up when the temperature drops, which will lead to expensive repairs. Make sure you also replace any worn or damaged gutters and downspouts.
Take a close look at the soil surrounding the foundation of your home and make sure it is sloped away from the house. By doing so, you'll prevent water from soaking into the soil which can cause cracks and leaks in the foundation.
Make sure your roofing is in good shape before winter hits. Replace any loose, cracked, buckled or missing shingles as soon as possible.
Now that summer is over, it's important to trim down the plants surrounding your home to be at least 5 feet away. This will prevent moisture from dripping onto your roof and siding. This will also help prevent damage to the exterior of your home during high winds.
If your home has a fire place, be sure to check the chimney for blockages and damage. If you come across anything unusual, make sure to hire a professional before use.