Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

The summer is quickly leaving us, and fall will soon be here with its holidays and harvest moon. The Old Farmer’s Almanac is predicting a colder than normal winter for Western Canada. To brace your home against the coming cold, we’ve provided a list of four things you’ll need to do to get your Calgary home ready for this winter’s frigid weather.

1. Gutters
When rain water isn’t carried away from your home properly, it can pool near the foundation and permeate the concrete. When temperatures drop below freezing, the trapped water can expand and can destroy the foundation. To avoid this costly repair, make sure your gutters and downspouts are cleared of debris. Make sure they are properly sloped to ensure complete drainage. Repair or replace corroded or fallen gutter sections.

2. Attic
A healthy attic is crucial to the overall functioning of your home. A properly insulated attic ensures that your furnace does not have to work overtime to keep your family warm and cosy. It also aids in the prevention of ice dams. Before winter sets in, make sure your attic is functioning at the recommended R-value by removing wet or decayed insulation or by adding another layer.
To prevent ice dams, make sure soffit vents are not blocked by insulation and that attic vents are functioning properly.
It is also a good idea to have your ceiling moisture sealed so that moisture from your home’s interior does not compromise your attic’s insulation.

3. Deck and Patio
Water is the arch enemy of all decks and patios. When it freezes, the expansion can leave wood splintered and concrete riddled with pock marks. Apply fresh sealant to your decks or patio to prevent their deterioration.

4. Windows and Doors
To prevent the escape of your heated interior air, make sure to check the seals, caulking and weather stripping on all your windows and doors. Be sure to include the garage door as well. If you are thinking about a window replacement project, Autumn is a great time to replace single pane windows with energy efficient windows. Taking care of your windows and doors can lower your winter heating bills without sacrificing your family’s comfort.