Winterize Home

Fall is upon us, which means beautiful seasonal colours and leaves crunching under your feet. Beyond the season’s splendour, for homeowners there is an array of chores to do around the home and yard.

Homeowners to put these tasks on their to-do lists:

1.            Get your fireplace ready: To avoid fire and smoke damage make sure that the damper opens and closes properly.  If your chimney hasn’t been cleaned in over a year call a chimney sweeper.

2.            Dispose your leaves properly: Collect your leaves in locally approved garbage bags and put them out for collection or take them to assigned dumping areas. Do not burn leaves—this is illegal in urban areas and can easily cause home fires throughout the neighbourhood.

3.            Inspect your roof: Check your roof to ensure that it can withstand the wear and tear of winter months and that it won’t collapse under the weight of wet leaves, ice and snow.

4.            Protect your pipes: Prevent plumbing freezes and pipe bursts by insulating exposed pipes and turning off their water supply when you are away.