Winter can be hard on our homes. Depending on where you live, it can be the extreme of freezing temperatures, or seeming torrential downpours of water.
No matter where you call home, February is a good time to check-in
around the house. Preventative maintenance has some notable
As we begin 2020, we encourage you to accomplish the things you want to. No matter what it is you or your family are thinking about for 2020, keep these key points in mind:
- You can reduce energy consumption & lower utility bills
- You can maximize the life of your home's systems, like heating and water
- You can catch preventable failures & save expensive repair costs
Here are key areas around your home you should be paying
Check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Heating can be a major cause of structure fires during the winter months. Double check that all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home are working.
Tip: It is best to have smoke alarms in every room of your home, including hallways, and check the batteries in all alarms once a month as part of your home maintenance routine.
Check for ice dams that might form on your roof. Depending on where you live in Canada, your home can be prone to icicles and ice dams. Take steps to make sure you have sufficient insulation and venting, but if you discover ice dams, then remove them.
Tip: You can help to prevent ice dams by raking the snow off your roof and installing heat cables.
Remember: Always seek the help of a professional, exercise extreme caution, and take appropriate safety measures when conducting any maintenance on your home.