Feeling secure against the elements is simple this season, if you follow a few straightforward suggestions.
Furnace and stove safety: Do your annual check on your furnace or wood stove to make sure they’re working without any issues. Where needed, have your heat-sources inspected and have filters replaced.
Check your pipes: Remember to check all your plumbing, and run water through all fixtures regularly to reduce the chances of freezing or bursting pipes when the weather turns cold. As well, test all plumbing shut-off valves to help prevent damage in the event of freezing, or weather-related damage to plumbing.
Preventative measures for your plumbing: Wherever necessary, wrap up exposed pipes with insulation sleeves or wrapping, to help protect them from frozen temperatures and decrease the chances of them freezing and bursting. As well, carefully check your attic and crawlspaces for frost accumulation or moisture build-up.
Insuring against Ice Dams: An ice dam is a build-up of ice on the eaves of sloped roofs of heated buildings, caused by melting snow reaching the eaves and freezing there. This freezing then impedes meltwater drainage, both adding to the dam, and causing meltwater to back-up. This can lead to water entering the house, damaged shingles and eavestroughs, and can add excess weight and stress to rooftops. While there are preventative measures you can take in an effort to stop ice dams from forming, keep in mind that TD Insurance also offers an optional coverage against damage from ice dams.
Clear the path: Ensure your sidewalks and stairs are free of ice and snow, to make it safer for family and friends that come to visit. Remember to also clear snow from basement windows, exhaust vents, vents for gas appliances and driers, to prevent water seepage and/or damage.
Remove branches: Around your home or cottage, trim down and clear away tree branches that may fall on electrical wires or phone lines in an ice storm or heavy snowfall . A small bit of forward thinking can prevent damage to power cables and electrical lines, and help prevent blackouts.