We don’t always like to talk about it, but winter is a harsh reality, especially in Canada. It seems as though every year, we get more and more snowfall, and the harsh conditions can often make it difficult to get around.
Of course, your home is no exception to the rules of caution. The freezing temperatures can cause havoc on your home if you don’t take proper precautions. If you’re looking to survive the winter with little to no damage to your home or property, be sure that you:
- Put snow tires on your car BEFORE winter officially begins. It is ideal to do this before the first snowfall, but if that’s not possible, make sure that you have them on immediately after.
- Always cover your driveway and outdoor stairs with salt at night, and again in the morning. Though it can potentially eat away at your shoes, the salt is important in preventing slipping on the ice.
- Monitor your pipes. Sub-zero temperatures can often cause pipes to freeze. If the temperature gets particularly cold, try to leave one tap on in your household, dripping lightly. This allows for the water to continue to move and prevents freezing.
- Cover up an equipment outside that could be damaged by cold or damp conditions (i.e. barbeques)
- Pay extra attention to the basement, as leaks can occur once the ground begins to unfreeze. This is especially important in the transition from winter to spring.
- Remove and debris (i.e. fallen trees, etc.) only when it is safe to do so. It can be very easy to injure yourself while removing debris, so make sure that conditions are safe enough to clear your property.
You should always be mindful of the fact that winter can (and often will) take a toll on your property. Some precautions will not necessarily save your property from all damage, but preventative measures can certainly help.