It’s fall! Take a few minutes this weekend to prepare for the weather change to prevent flooding and other property damage.
Outside your home
Disconnect downspouts from drainpipes and extensions to draw water away from your home’s foundation so they won’t freeze and back up. But don’t forget to reconnect them in the spring!
Did you know that icicles and ice dams are created by the heat escaping from your home, melting the snow on your roof, causing the water to run to the edge of the roof where it freezes?
When the ice builds up, it prevents water from draining off the room and soon water has been drawn up under the shingles, causing major damage to your home.
To prevents this from happening, install a leaf/ice guard to prevent debris from blocking the gutters and downspouts. This will allow the water in your gutters to flow freely.
Check the insulation under the room and add more where there isn’t enough or where it’s too compressed.
Also, check the air circulation… The air intakes in the soffits have to be clear for the roof ventilators to draw air through the soffits. A well-ventilated roof will prevent snow from melting.
Lastly, check the singles regularly and replace them as soon as they show signs of wear or if there are poorly drained areas on a flat roof.
Check your foundation for cracks and fractures. Patch any cracks in the foundation walls or brick facing.
Do you have a frost-free (4 seasons) outdoor faucet? If not, you need to shut off the water from the inside and drain the outdoor faucet to get all excess water out. By leaving water in the faucet, it can freeze as the weather gets cold and cause the pipes to burst.
Additionally, if you have water pipes that pass through your cellar, crawl space or exterior wall, it can cause the pipe to freeze and create enough pressure to burst.
Best practice - Place an insulated case over any water pipes that are exposed to cold.
Exterior basement entrance
Check the drain in the basement entrances for grass, leaves, dirt, or other blockages.
If this drain is blocked, it can increase the risk of water seeping in through the edges of the basement door.
INSIDE YOUR HOME
Clean your air exchanger filters.
Air exchangers mainly operate in the winter, and it is very important to clean the filters every two or three months. The heat or energy recovery core made of polypropylene (plastic) or aluminum should be cleaned once a year, preferably in the fall, before the heating season.
Windows and window wells
It is better to remove screens during the winter and store them in a dry, temperature-controlled environment as the screen will lock in heat in front of the window, causing condensation and mould.
Replace any damaged caulking along the edges of basement doors and windows.