As a homeowner, there are two important, yet simple things you can do to prepare your home for winter.
A cold winter season will put any property to the test. You need to keep your home adequately and comfortably heated no matter the conditions. You can avoid some emergency repairs and avoid the risks associated with clogged and dirty gutters, or an underperforming or poorly maintained furnace.
Sometimes it is difficult to say what to expect before the cold season or to estimate how much rain and snow we will have. Don’t wait for the weather to cool down – this is the best time of year to prepare your property for the climate ahead.
- Prepare your oven
When winter arrives, you should ideally be able to to simply flip the heat switch and your oven will start. Unfortunately, when left unmaintained, uninspected for some time, or already partially broken, furnaces are at risk of breaking down, causing emergencies at inconvenient times.
Furnace repair is crucial before the cold sets in due to the operation of an oven. Its functionality decreases over time. Like any household appliance, a furnace is not designed to operate in perpetuity. Routine tune-ups can help replace parts when they break and extend the life of a furnace while minimizing repair costs.
Preparing your furnace in the spring, summer or early fall before the temperature changes means that you are not yet relying on your furnace to heat your home. There is no rush to fix it. You can schedule an inspection weeks in advance and even budget for it.
It’s much less stressful than having an unexpected furnace failure and then needing immediate repair. A furnace technician could even see permanent damage to your furnace, requiring replacement and possible delay in parts availability.
At any time of the year, it’s not good to hear. Now imagine this happening in the middle of a cold winter month, especially during a severe storm in Toronto, which has increased in recent years due to extreme weather fluctuations. Your furnace is the primary source of comfort in your home for many months to come. There is no way to avoid repair or unforeseen expenses. This type of emergency repair will likely cost more than if you had planned ahead, able to catch a small repair early on.
No one wants their heater to turn off or wake up in the morning to find your furnace broke overnight. Inspections give you peace of mind and help prevent an awkward situation.
While emergency furnace repair in Toronto is available 24/7, experienced homeowners know it’s best to have an inspection done to avoid the hassle.
2. Prepare your gutter
Your gutters help rain, melting snow and ice and other debris drain off your roof instead of accumulating and adding weight.
In an ideal world, your gutters will perform flawlessly at all times. Over time, they can become clogged with dust, debris, and leaves. As this happens, in winter, any water that would normally flow backs up. This can cause leaks, roof damage, and even structural damage to your property if left untreated.
Fortunately, repairing and inspecting gutters before the cold sets in can identify problems, fix them, and keep your property protected during the winter. This involves emptying the contents of your gutters, installing metal gutter screens to prevent this build-up from happening again, and other cost-effective maintenance solutions.
Inspecting gutters before winter can also identify dangerous damage to gutters. They can break, bend and partially come loose without the owner noticing. If this fills with ice, a gutter becomes heavy and could potentially fall out at any time.
A clogged gutter creates a pocket of moisture and water that can create a leak. The damage this can cause over time can be as serious as compromising your home’s foundation.
Get your gutter repair done before winter. This way, all issues are taken care of and your roof and home will be protected from any cold damage that can result from blocked or damaged gutters.
Do these two easy tasks every year before the end of fall and winter, and you’ll avoid major emergencies that some other homeowners unfortunately discover firsthand. All it takes is a quick inspection.