With winter soon approaching it is important to take certain preventative measures to ensure your home is protected before our cold snowy winter arrives. Here at 360 inspections we have created a building winterization checklist to help ensure all building components get the TLC they require before winter hits.
-Disconnect and store any hoses connected to exterior faucets. Turn off the hoses water supply from the interior of the building and properly drain the line unless the building is equipped with an anti-freeze unit.
-Test all furnaces, thermopumps and heaters to ensure all units are functional.
-Clean and/or replace all furnace and air exchanger unit air filters for optimal flow.
-Winterize/cover outside air conditioning units.
-Check to make sure all smoke detectors function properly and replace batteries where/if necessary.
Gutters and downspouts:
-Clean gutters of any debris and ensure downspouts extend at least 6 feet away from the buildings foundation walls.
-Verify gutters and downspouts are properly secured to the building and do not leak at joints.
Windows and doors:
-Ensure all windows and doors have proper weatherstripping‘s and caulking to avoid drafts and heat loss.
-Examine drains and sump pump evacuation lines to prevent blockages.
-Insulate any plumbing lines that are in cold locations such as unfinished basements or crawl spaces.
-Examine roof shingles for missing, damaged or warped areas and replace where necessary to avoid leaks.
-Check roof flashings and vents for deterioration and seal joints with caulking where necessary.
-Examine the firebox and flue for cracking (brick and mortar).
-Ensure the damper functions properly.
-Make sure the chimney is clean of any soot or creosote before using it for the first time.
-Trim and remove any overgrown or damaged trees in close proximity to the building.
Please consult appropriate specialists to carry out any necessary work mentioned in this Facebook post.
For any further questions or information regarding winterization feel free to contact 360 Inspections at 514-261-1438 or Info@lesinspections360.com