Follow These Steps to Winterize Your Home For a Cold Snowy Winter Ahead of Us!
Friday Oct 05th, 2018
As soon as the temperature starts to drop, it is time to prepare your home for the Canadian winter. Here’s a beginners guide to winter-proofing your home so you can enjoy the holidays to its fullest.
Caulk the Cracks
Whether you live in a condo, townhouse or single detached home, check for cracks and fill them before the temperature drops. Patching up small cracks with caulk or reaching out to a contractor for larger jobs will prevent cold air and moisture from seeping in.
Store Your Garden Hoses
Water inside garden hoses can freeze and cause them to split. Protect your garden hoses by emptying and storing them in a shed or storage unit during the winter.
Stay Warm and Toasty
Install a door sweep to prevent drafts from entering your home and the heat inside. It’s a low cost solution that’s quick and easy to install.
Avoid Burst Pipes
Burst pipes can cause thousands in water damage to your home. There are simple fixes to keep your water running and your house protected. A long-term solution is to insulate vulnerable pipes, especially the ones located in unheated interior spaces.
Service Your Furnace
Turn on your furnace before winter hits to make sure it is working. It is much easier to schedule servicing early in the season than during the dead of winter. While you are there, do not forget to replace your furnace’s air filter!
Winterize your Emergency Kit Update your emergency kit in your home and car with items such as shovels, rock salt (or cat litter), blankets and heat packs.