Prevention is always the best solution, minimize the cost, saves time and money.
8 important tips on how to get fall and winter- or any season ready in order to prevent any water damage to your property.
Fall is the best time to prepare our garden, around the house, and inside the house in order to get our home or property winter as safe as possible. We all are so familiar with Toronto long and cold winter months. By proper preparation, we could promote water-damage-prevention to our home during the wintertime and any other time of the year.
These 8 safety tips will prevent water damage to your property as much as possible.
Either you can do these steps by yourself or hire a professional to help.
1 Eavestroughs and downspouts cleaning in fall in fall seasons,
with leaves falling, critters, and all other dirt collected in downspouts and Eaves troughs need to clean to prevent any blockage in those areas. If water does not easily flow out through your Eaves troughs and downspouts away from your home, it will find its way back to your house somehow and causes water damage. Water is the worse enemy of the house, if water normal ways of going away from your house, water will find its way back to the house, possibly basement, and causes water damage. water damage restoration could be costly and if not done professionally will cause mold formation mold remediation which is very expensive.
2. Make sure Caulk around windows and doors
caulking around windows, door, and other openings will prevent any air from going inside or out of doors and windows. This will prevent any energy loss and cost of utilities. There are also some Vents around the house like dryers, kitchen & bathroom exhaust fan, cables, and pipes that also needs to be Caulking as well.
3. Make sure to check or replace weather stripping on doors, windows, …
All-weather stripping around the doors, windows, and garage door needs to be checked and replaced if needed. Those weather stripping lose their effectiveness and protection over the years. These will make sure you save energy and minimize the cost of utilities. Do not forget to check the attic openings should also have weather stripping that needs to be checked and repair if needed.
4. Do not forget to Inspect your roof, attic and chimney
Checking your roof to make sure your shingles are all working properly, if any repair or replacement needed, fall will be a good time to take care of that by roofing professionals. Any roof leakage could cause water damage to your house. Checking Chimney from outside to inside, to make sure it is clear from leaves, dirt, crumbling bricks, bird nest, squirrel nest, and any critters.
in your attic check for any water damage or holes, or mold from roofing. Make sure you check for any animal nest inside attic insulation and vents are not blocked. Soffits connect the overhang of your roof to the top of your exterior walls and help vent unconditioned attics. Keeping these vents clear is important in having a healthy home.
5. Clean and cover your air conditioning unit in Fall each house air condition is different and based on manufacturing instruction, make sure you clean and shut off and cover properly for winter months.
6. Shut-off and drain outside faucets
Outside faucet must be off and make sure to drain all the water inside in fall before freezing time. If the faucet properly not shut off, it can lead to pipes and faucets bursting or cracking and can create a huge, potentially expensive, disaster in wintertime.
7. Clean and inspect your furnace
It is important before you turn on the heat, to clean the furnace, change the filter, do air duct cleaning. your family breaths clean air that pushes around from the ducts. Changing a new filter will help the quality of the air and also the furnace will work properly and finally helps with heat efficiency and cost. The filters should be replaced every 3 months. If you vacuum around the furnace inside the floor and air intake vents, all will keep air moving better so the furnace will not work as hard.
8. Finally, Do Not forget to do the following important checkups and maintenance for wintertime
- Clean and inspect your fireplace
- Clean and inspect your dryer vent
- Change the batteries in your smoke detectors
- Make sure carbon monoxide detectors working
- Inspect fire extinguishers
- Inspect and test sump pumps
- Empty and store rain barrels
- Winterize outdoor lawn equipment
If you can do all these checkups and maintenance by yourself will be great. If you need any professional help in check and repair get professional help.
If you do all these checkups and still had water damage or wet basement for any other reason, 5 star cleaning water damage certified, insured and professional technicians will provide 24/7 Flood Emergency & Water Damage Restoration service in GTA and Toronto.
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