The new year is certainly bringing with it some harsh weather, and if you’re as winter-weary as we are, you know that escaping the cold is a top priority during these chilly months.
Does your home or commercial space provide you a warm, safe sanctuary when the temperatures regularly dip below -20°C? Here are some tips to help ensure your space is prepared to withstand a few more weeks of Mother Nature’s fury:
- Learn how to shut off your water in case your pipes end up freezing—this may help prevent water damage.
- Feeling a little drafty when you’re around your windows and doors? Inspect for heat leaks, and caulk or add weather stripping if necessary to reduce the amount of heat escaping from your home through those openings.
- Check smoke detectors, fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors and replace batteries to ensure they are all operating properly.
- Check for water leaks. If you find any, don’t wait to have them fixed!
- Have an attic? Add extra insulation to guard against ice dams. If too much heat escapes, it can warm the ice and snow on the roof, which could lead to water damage inside the home, and in the worst case—a roof collapse.
Ensuring all is well inside the home is a must, but what about the exterior? Here are a few tips to make sure everything on the outside is a-ok too:
- Make sure you always have snow shovels and roof rakes on hand.
- Test your sump pump regularly (we suggest every 2-3 months).
- On a calmer day, bundle up, venture outside and remove/trim branches from your trees so they do not damage your home in case they fall due to a storm.
- Disconnect any exterior hoses to prevent taps from freezing.
- If you haven’t already, make sure to have your gas-powered generator inspected and tested.
Your home or commercial space isn’t just a house or place of business—it’s your sanctuary and your most important investment! Regular maintenance checks are vital to ensure you protect your family—and your investment—for years to come.
If you think your home may require some repairs to help take you through the rest of the winter season, give us a call to talk about it! We look forward to meeting you.