Saskatoon Disaster Service - Saskatchewan  Canada

4 ways to prepare your home for winter

      1. Gutter Control

The leaves and grime that build up throughout the summer and early fall while you and your family were out fishing, hiking or riding your bikes this summer have built up in your gutters. If left full of debris, clogged gutters and drains can form ice dams that prevent your drainage systems from working properly. These ice damns can lead to some serious issues for your home and pocket book, such as water seeping into your home. Save yourself the hassle of repairing a leak by simply cleaning your gutters and drains now. When you do, run water through the gutters to check for misalignments that could also cause water damage.

      2. Turn it off and Open it Up

It is once again that time of year, where the beautiful summer flowers start to whither and vegetable gardeners around the country prepare for harvest. During this time and going forwarded into the coming seasons the need for outdoor water supply is a thing of the past. If you don’t turn your water off to the outdoor lines, and open the valves to drain the lines you are taking a risk. Having water caught in the lines and freezing could potentially cause your waterlines to break, allowing water to flow freely in your home. To save your peace of mind and your finances, we suggest taking a moment to ensure everything is turned off and clear.

3. Pay Attention to The Heart Of The House

Like most, your furnace is probably a distant memory as it has been months since it has been turned, but before the cold weather starts to creep in pay it a little attention. It is a good idea to clean your furnace annually. Sediment can build-up causing your furnace to work overtime and potentially become a fire-hazard. Ensuring your furnace is clean, along with an annual inspection can ensure your system is running efficiently and more importantly will reduce the risk of fire.

4. Minimize Harmful Airflow

It is not only extremely important for your energy savings to ensure there are no air leaks in your home, but it can also be a contributing factor for mold growth. Warm air will escape out of any cracks, when this happens the mixing of warm and cold air can cause the formation of condensation. This is most commonly found around your windows and doors. When this happens the moisture can build up and make its way into the drywall, insulation and eventually framing which can become a potential problem be for mold growth. Use caulking to seal cracks and openings between stationary house components like door frames and weather stripping to seal components that move like an operable window.