Winter Property Care

Its been a very warm fall-to-winter transition here in Calgary, Alberta, but we all know that won't last forever...

The colder months bring unique challenges that require homeowners to take proactive steps to protect their homes from the harsh weather conditions. Here are essential tips for maintaining a safe and well-cared-for property during the winter season.

  1. Inspect and Maintain Heating Systems: Before winter sets in with full force, have your heating systems, including furnaces, boilers, and chimneys, professionally inspected and serviced. Also make sure to clean or replace air filters regularly to ensure optimal performance.
  2. Protect Pipes from Freezing: Prevent pipes from freezing by insulating them. Shut off exterior faucets and drain water from outdoor hoses to avoid damage.
  3. Clear Gutters and Downspouts: Regularly clean gutters and downspouts to prevent ice dams from forming. Remove leaves, debris, and icicles to ensure proper drainage and prevent water buildup that could damage your roof or foundation.
  4. Seal Windows and Doors: Check for drafts around windows and doors and seal any gaps with weather stripping or caulking. Proper insulation helps maintain a warm interior and reduces heating costs.
  5. Winterize Outdoor Spaces: Prepare your outdoor spaces by storing outdoor furniture, covering or stowing grills, and draining water from sprinkler systems to prevent damage from freezing temperatures.
  6. Snow Removal and Ice Management: Have a plan in place for snow removal and ice management. Clear walkways, driveways, and paths promptly after snowfall to prevent slips and falls. Use ice melt or sand to prevent icy patches from forming.
  7. Landscape Maintenance: Trim tree branches and remove dead or damaged limbs that could pose a hazard during winter storms. Properly maintained landscaping reduces the risk of falling branches and damage to property.

By taking proactive steps and staying ahead of winter property maintenance, homeowners can safeguard their homes against the harsh elements and ensure a safe, comfortable, and well-maintained property throughout the winter season. Be safe, Calgary!

Posted by Ken Richter on


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