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7 Fall Home Maintenance Tips To Ensure a Safe and Cozy Winter

Two people with their feet up near a cozy fireplace, surrounded by candles and a woodpile.

With the leaves changing and the brisk chill in the air, it’s finally time for all your favourite fall activities. Whether attending fall fairs or shopping for Halloween costumes, the fall weather is here and it’s time to prepare your home for the upcoming cold season. It’s important to take care of these tasks sooner rather than later as they become more difficult after the frost sets in. 

Clean Out and Guard Your Gutters

Your home relies on the gutter system to channel rain, sleet, and melting snow safely away from the house to avoid water damage and foundation shifting. Clogged gutters can lead to much bigger problems you may not see right away, so take care of them as soon as possible.

The best strategy is to install gutter guards after cleaning them out. Gutter guards can help to keep those gutters flowing freely without the risk of re-clogging with yet more leaves, pine needles, and other debris later in the season.

Have the Roof Inspected Before Winter

The integrity of your roof is paramount in the winter, especially in regions prone to heavy snowfall. The best time to inspect your roof for leaks and weak points is when the days are still clear and sunny. If your roof is in good shape, you can rest easy knowing your roof will continue protecting your home without fail through the winter season.

Stow Summertime Patio Furniture

If you want your patio furniture to remain in good condition when the warm weather returns, put it away before the first snow. If your patio furniture is left out in the elements, it is at risk of rusting or blowing away in a winter storm. Fold up anything that can fold and tuck your patio furniture into the garage, shed, or covered storage until the spring weather arrives.

Have Your Chimney Cleaned and Inspected

Before your first fire of the season, have your chimney cleaned and inspected fully by a professional. With months of non-use chimneys can become clogged with debris or even nesting creatures, so make sure your chimney is clear before lighting a fire.

You will want your chimney expert to check your flue is functioning properly and inspect the bricks for signs of crumbling or other wear. Older homes have beautiful chimneys but occasionally need brick repairs to stay in good, safe condition.

Clean Out Dryer Vents and Ducts

Your dryer vent is an area that is often forgotten about this season. While you may clear your dryer screen regularly, when was the last time you cleared out the entire duct and vent system? The last thing you want is to end up with a clogged dryer in the middle of winter, creating a fire hazard.

Have your dryer duct cleaned and check the external vent to ensure no small creatures have found their way inside for warmth. Your dryer vent should have a grated cover to help protect it from clogging or habitation throughout the year.

Replace Weather Stripping and Caulk the Windows

Sealing up the cracks and drafts in your home will improve the heating and energy efficiency. Start by replacing any worn-out weather stripping on your doors and windows. When gaps are sealed properly it keeps the warm air in and cold air out. Then, inspect and seal any rattling window pane or cracked window frame with a caulking gun.

If you notice any cracks in your home’s interior or exterior, seal those with a bead of caulk too. Not only does this keep you warm in the winter, but it will also improve your cooling efficiency in the summer.

Stock Up on Winter Safety Supplies

Lastly, stock up on the supplies you will need for winter safety. Have a few bags of de-icer for the front walk and driveway and check your snow shovels to ensure they are still sturdy and ready for shovelling. 

In each car, create a winter kit that includes tire chains and cold weather survival gear, just in case of emergency. Many hardware stores also sell these emergency kits fully stocked with all the essentials.

Take Care of Autumn Home Maintenance for a Warm, Relaxed Winter Season

As insurance brokers, we understand the importance of home maintenance, especially once harsh weather arrives. Staying ahead of home maintenance will help prevent potential safety hazards down the road and prevent avoidable home claims. 

As part of your home maintenance checklist, it’s a smart move to ensure your home is protected in the event of storm damage. Our team would be happy to provide a home insurance quote and help keep your home and family safe.







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