Thursday, October 14, 2010

Is your property ready for winter?

An ounce of prevention now can save you from costly repairs in the spring!

Even though it’s still warm outside, Roger Frost is thinking about winter.

Time and again, the Barrie, Ont.-based home inspector has seen homeowners rack up huge expenses because they forgot to take a few preventive steps in the fall. The most common mistake, he says, is forgetting to seal window sills. A $5 tube of caulking is all it takes to fill in cracks and prevent moisture from damaging mortar and bricks.

“It’s probably the most expensive damage to most houses, other than just letting the roof go,” Mr. Frost says. “If you don’t notice it right away, it can only take one winter and then you’ve got damaged brick to replace.”

For those closing their cottages for the season, now’s the time to seal any openings that could attract animals and trim back tree branches near the roof. Cottage owners should hire a local to remove snow from the roof to avoid a collapse, Mr. Frost says, and don’t forget to drain water from pipes and pumps before leaving for the winter.

Source: Globe and Mail Update
By: Dianne Nice
Published on Monday, Sep. 20, 2010 12:00AM EDT
Last updated on Monday, Sep. 20, 2010 6:58AM EDT

Click here for Mr. Frost’s list of fall maintenance essentials: