Winter in Alberta can take a toll on homes, especially after cold snaps like the one we saw in January. As we prepare for the rest of the season, it’s crucial to safeguard our homes. With a bit of proactive maintenance, you can ensure your property retains its value.
Here is a quick guide to winter maintenance:
Alberta’s heavy snowfall demands vigilant removal. Regularly remove snow from walkways, sidewalks, driveways, and even roofs to prevent buildup that can lead to structural issues.
Alberta winters are cold! Check for drafts around windows and doors. Seal gaps with weather stripping or caulking to improve energy efficiency and keep your home warm and energy-efficient.
Extreme cold puts a strain on heating systems. When was your furnace last serviced? Replace the filter and schedule a professional HVAC inspection to ensure efficient operation and optimal performance.
The cold snap increased the risk of frozen pipes. Insulate exposed pipes and allow faucets to drip during extremely cold temperatures to prevent pipe bursts.
Check for Leaks:
The freeze-thaw cycle can reveal vulnerabilities. Inspect your home for water leaks, especially around windows and doors, and address them promptly to prevent damage.
Walk around your property every so often to inspect the exterior, looking for new cracks in the foundation that may have appeared. If ice freezes inside foundation cracks, it will expand and make the cracks spread.
By taking these steps, you’ll ensure your home retains its value and remains resilient against the challenges of our unique climate. On top of that, you’ll keep it sale-ready for any time of year. When you’re ready to sell, give us a call.
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