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Monday October the 14th, 2019 
Linda E. Sully
Broker, SRES

Johnston & Daniel, A Division of Royal LePage R.E.S. Ltd.
Brokerage

Winterizing Your Home

 

 

 

  
 

Winterizing Your Home Can Help Avoid Cold Weather Woes

 

One of the great joys of living in Canada is the change of seasons. Autumn's colours and crispness will soon give way to winter's first snowfall. While people react differently to seasonal changes, all homes react much the same way: climate change is hard on homes and the freeze/thaw cycles can cause damage.

At Carson Dunlop we believe prevention is the key to a safe and comfortable season. Here are our areas of focus and suggestions to get you through the winter months:

>>Roof - We are big believers in annual roof tune-ups, and fall is the perfect time for your roofer to address any small issues before they become big ones. The roof suffers the brunt of winter weather abuse. Correcting damaged shingles, loose flashings and torn valleys can prevent water damage from leaks and avoid expensive repairs. Tree limbs overhanging and touching the roof should be cut back, and missing mortar or loose bricks on chimneys should be repaired.

>>Eavestroughs - We can't overstate the importance of having free-flowing, leak-free gutters and downspouts to get roof water away from the house and keep it out of the basement. If eavestroughs can't control the rain or melting snow, or if downspouts don't carry water at least six feet away from the home, the ground next to your home will get soaked. Saturated ground usually means a leaky basement. Poor grading is another common and easily-corrected cause of basement leakage. For more information on how to address this issue, check out our article on How Proper Grading Can Prevent Water Damage.

>>Catch Basins - Make sure any catch basins in your driveway, garage and yard are clear. It's also a great idea to clear any storm grates in the street in front of your house so all that rain and melting snow can get into the storm sewers.

>>Windows, Doors and Walls - Check your windows and doors for any wood in need of paint, and any joints that need re-caulking. The corners of sills are a common weak point. Check the caulking at pipes, vents and other wall penetrations as part of regular maintenance.

>>Furnace - Taking care of your furnace is very important, especially in the winter. We recommend annual service plans for heating and cooling systems. If you haven't yet, schedule a heating system maintenance call, even if your system is relatively new. For more information on easy steps you can take to extend the life of your furnace, check out our article on Furnace Maintenance.

As a professional Home Inspection consulting company, our aim is to help homeowners stay safe, warm and dry. For more tips, advice and education, visit our resource center and our blog.

 

November Poll

Last month 30 homeowners told us what area of the home they believed suffered the brunt of winter weather abuse. Here are their responses:

 

        

    

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Click here to participate in our November Poll, to provide feedback on our content, and for a chance to win a free Home Reference Book.

 

Carson Dunlop's Home Reference Book includes a wealth of information and advice on how to protect your home from winter weather woes and many other issues. Click here to learn more about the benefits this text offers. 

 

Congratulations to last month's winner: Kim Gingell.

 

  

The Carson Dunlop Homeowners Association

 

At Carson Dunlop we want to provide homeowners with the knowledge and the tools to protect their properties, which is why we created the Carson Dunlop Homeowners Association. This not-for-profit program gives clients access to discounts on a variety of products and services. Association partners like Canadian Tire help members maintain and upgrade their homes. CANTCanadian Tire Home Services is pleased to offer Carson Dunlop customers a 5% Canadian Tire 'Money' On The Card bonus when using their Canadian Tire Options MasterCard for the purchase of any heating and/or cooling system from Canadian Tire Home Services. To learn more visit canadiantire.ca/homeservices. Attractive financing options available.

 

For more information on the Carson Dunlop Homeowners Association and its partners click here or call 800.268.7070. 

 

 

 

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Linda E. Sully
Broker, SRES

Johnston & Daniel, A Division of Royal LePage R.E.S. Ltd.
Brokerage

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