It’s that time of year when everyone takes the opportunity to start the year with a clean slate and a new set of goals to improve themselves, but what about seasonal resolutions for your home? Perhaps now is the time to make some resolutions to help keep your home safe and healthy. EiEiHome spoke to Gregg at MRI-mold.ca to get some ideas.
Let’s make some seasonal home resolutions together:
- Check your roof and attic for signs of heat loss and water intrusion.
- In freezing or heavy snow, check for icicles and ice dams on the overhangs of your roof.
- Make sure you don’t pile all the snow against the foundation of your home; otherwise you can increase the chance of water intrusion on the foundation of your home.
- Clean all your gutters, downspouts and ensure all water drainage is running freely away from your home.
- Inspect the caulking around all windows and doors, and check that the home’s exterior, roof and walls are in good shape with no signs of crumbling concrete, lifting shingles or any other damage that could cause water to enter your home.
- Clean out any window wells and drains outside your home.
- Remove any debris surrounding your home and be sure to clean eaves troughs and downspouts.
- Check all foundations walls, concrete porches and driveways and repair any cracks or damage.
- Ensure all grading around the home (including landscaping) runs away from your home.
- Re-check everything again to make sure your home is ready for winter – attics, roofs, eaves troughs, windows, doors, exterior brick and drains.
By consciously taking these small steps to ensure your home is protected from the elements you are saving yourself many thousands of dollars in costly repairs that could be easily avoided. Gregg at MRI-mold.ca says it’s surprising how many homeowners are caught with mold issues at the beginning of the new year, which is usually the worst time to get saddled with unexpected expenses. Many people just don’t realize the impact that water damage has on their home and how critical it is to manage the flow of water in and around their home.
By making these small resolutions to care for your home, you might just save yourself enough money to put towards some of your other goals for 2014.