OK Canadians, Thanksgiving is now behind us, which means Halloween is around the corner, which, alas, means that winter is imminent. Whether you like the colder months or not, there is no getting around them if you are planning on staying in the country. Even if you plan to flee South for a few months, it is still necessary to make sure you house is ready to withstand all of that ice, snow, and wind.
Here are some things that should be on your “Ready for Winter?” checklist:
Check your roof
There is nothing worse than trying to deal with a roof leak (or worse) during the height of winter. Go up on the roof (or have a professional inspector do it for you) and see if there are leaks or signs of potential trouble in the coming months; have repairs done now. While you are up there, clean out the eavestroughs; not doing so can lead to ice and leaking problems.
Rather than continuing to rake the leaves off of your lawn, use your mower to mulch them. They will decompose over the winter and that will help to sustain your grass during those long months of ice and snow cover.
Get that chimney cleaned
If you are lucky enough to have a fireplace, you will want to use it over the winter. In addition to having enough firewood, you need to make sure that the smoke can easily exit the chimney, lest it back up and come back down into your home. A chimney inspector will let you know whether you need a cleaning and also perform a safety check, so that you won’t have to worry about chimney fires or carbon monoxide.
Avoid frozen pipes
While the pipes in your home may have proper insulation to avoid freezing and bursting in February, you still need to make sure that there is no water in your exterior faucet and lawn-irrigation system.