Fall is a great time to give your home a good inspection in preparation for the upcoming winter season. Preventive maintenance is a lot cheaper than the cost of any future repairs to your home!
Here are a few items to pay attention to:
Eaves troughs must be cleaned at least 2 or 3 times a year in most cases and possibly more depending on the number of trees surrounding your property. Make sure your eaves are cleared to allow proper drainage when the rain and snow come. Check all connection pieces and corners and make sure they are all connected properly. Are there any openings for any critters to access your roof or attic? Are all of the connections sealed properly? This can be done using good silicone sealing gel.
How is your chimney doing these days? Many people seem to forget to check the outside area around the chimney for cracks, loose bricks, loose flashing and making sure all of the seals are intact.
How is your property’s drainage? As many of you already know, flooded or wet basements can be a major setback financially and not a lot of fun to deal with. We suggest that you consider checking your grading which should always flow away from your foundation. Also inspect your foundation walls for cracks or potential problems. If you notice anything a bit suspect, fix it immediately.
Is your driveway in rough shape? How is the drainage? Will it survive another winter of shoveling, scrapping and snow and ice buildup or should you consider having it re-surfaced or re-sealed before the snow comes?