Winter is here…

  • Make sure extension cords for holiday decorations that are used outside are rated for this use. All outdoor lights should also be plugged into a ground-fault-interrupter (GFCI) receptacle.
  • Add adhesive-backed nonskid strips to wooden stairs and other dangerous areas, because you will be indoors more.  Stock up on sand or other ice melt products to keep walk ways free of ice.
  • Examine attic for frost accumulation. Check roof for ice dams or icicles. If there is excessive frost or staining of the underside of the roof, or ice dams on the roof surface, consult the CMHC website for more information on moisture control.
  • Winterize external plumbing systems – This is the most important job of fall if you live in an area that freezes in the winter. Neglecting this job can result in flooding, water damage, and thousands of dollars worth of damage to plumbing fixtures.
    – Drain underground sprinkler systems.
    – Winterize pools or spas. Check manufacturer’s manuals.
    – Have outdoor pools drained and serviced.
    – Drain exterior water pipes and any pipes that run through unheated areas (such as a garage or crawlspace.) If draining these pipes isn’t possible, wrap them with foam insulation or heat tape.
    – Drain and store garden hoses.
  • Check weather stripping on doors and windows. Inspect around your doors and windows: Replace if torn, worn out or missing? This task is to seal small gaps, keeping moisture and cold air out. On doors, make sure the bottom seal is working properly¡ there are many sweeps and thresholds designed to seal this gap. Newer, energy-efficient windows generally don’t require added weather stripping, but if your windows are older, weather stripping can help.

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”

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