The time has come for the Autumn maintenance of your home to protect it for the cold season and reduce the risk of property damage!
The following checklist of things to watch for inside and outside of your home.
- Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors:
The return of cold weather also marks the return of heating of our homes. And said heating said increased risk of house fires. Change the batteries in smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors.
Also make sure that they are close to the bedrooms. Finally, if they are older than 10 years, it’s time to replace them.
- Air exhaust vents:
Remove lint or any other element that may block the air exhaust vents from devices such as the dryer hood, fans and air exchanger.
- Watering hoses:
Close the inner feed valve if you have one. Drain the outside tap and store hoses to prevent the water from freezing in pipes.
Have a specialist check the fireplace and take the opportunity to ask him to check the condition of the masonry, flute and chimney.
- Basement windows:
Make sure that the seal around the windows are in good condition.
Carefully review the foundation for cracks and, if any, have them repaired quickly by a specialist to prevent possible water infiltration.
When the leaves of the trees surrounding your home have fallen, clear gutters and downspouts of debris that have accumulated. Also make sure that everything is tight and secure. Finally, check that they reject water to at least 1.5 meters away from the foundation.
Remove any vegetation or debris that could interfere with his air supply and its operation.
Inspect it carefully and replace shingles, flashings and seals that are in poor condition.
- Sidewalks, patios and parking:
Reduce the risk of falls by checking the status of your car, your sidewalk and your patios. If they collapsed or damaged, have them repaired. Place a bag of sand or salt near the front door.
- Snow removal: Prevent Damage
If you hire a snow removal company, install markers along walls and driveways. This will prevent any possible damage by snow removal equipment.
Coldwell Banker Ronan Realty