Prepare your home for winter this fall
Mike Holmes Jr. lends his expertise on the best ways to get ahead, and stay ahead, of the game
Fall is here and, whether we like it or not, winter is right around the corner.
The looming weather often brings many perils to homeowners, so here are a number of things you can (and should) do to prepare yourself and your home for what's to come.
First and foremost, one of the most problematic things that can happen to your home is water damage.
It can cause mould, rot and a lot of health issues for you, your family and your home.
One thing that people need to think about and often forget to do is to properly drain their exterior hose bibs and shut them off.
When it gets very cold, and there is water in your hose bib line, it can freeze and burst, causing a lot of damage and unnecessary expenses.
Nobody wants to clean their eavestrough; however, it is very important to do so because it directs the water shed off your roof and away from your foundation (or at least it should).
It can also be a nest for bugs. I always recommend that homeowners clean their eavestrough and make sure that their downspouts drain properly.
As an added protection, I’d also suggest installing a “smart screen” on your eavestrough.
This will allow precipitation in and keep things like leaves and other unwanted objects out of your eavestrough.
The last thing you want during the winter is for your furnace to fail.
And your furnace can fail for many reasons.
Whether you have an old furnace, one that has been neglected or just a cheap clunker, a functional furnace plays a crucial part in keeping your family warm during the winter months and keeping your pipes from bursting.
Before it gets too cold, I suggest cleaning your ducts, and getting your furnace inspected.
This will ensure that you have clean air for your family to breathe, that your furnace isn’t leaking carbon monoxide and that it’s not on its last legs.
Do this before it’s too late because, when it’s cold out and there’s a problem, the HVAC specialists are going to be busy fixing everyone else’s furnace. Stay ahead of the game!
Last but certainly not least, being in Canada we never know what our weather is going to throw at us.
Even if we protect our home and maintain it properly, we can still be caught in a bad position if we lose power, which seems to be happening more frequently across the GTA.
In the spring and the summer, we have to worry about not having air conditioning or perhaps losing lots of money on food in the refrigerator that’s gone bad due to a power outage.
But in the winter, we have to worry about our pipes freezing if we lose power.
My best suggestion for anyone is to install a standby generator.
A standby generator’s job is to detect when the power goes out, and then, within minutes, it will kick on and power all of your important necessities, like your furnace, lights, refrigerator, etc.
Don't wait until the last minute, get ahead of the game and get your home ready for the winter now! Catch Mike Jr. along with his dad, Mike Holmes, in their series Holmes + Holmes premiering Sunday, Oct. 7 at 10 p.m. on HGTV Canada.
L–R: Mike Holmes and Mike Holmes Jr. on the set of their show