Fall Maintenance Projects
Now that summer has sadly ended, it is time to prepare your home for cooler weather. Here are some useful tips to keep you and your family safe and warm over the winter.
Focus on Clean Air: As the weather gets cooler and you keep your windows open less often, your home will get less and less fresh air from outside. Help keep indoor air quality high by clearing chemicals and invest in a few new houseplants such as, English ivy, peace lilies and gerbera daisies, which can help minimize indoor air pollutants.
Prep the Fireplace: If you’ve gone natural gas, you can skip this step. But if your fireplace is old-fashioned, make sure to get it and the chimney cleaned professionally. Don’t forget to stock up on firewood, kindling and long matches so you’re ready to start a fire.
Windows and Doors: The change in temperature and humidity and normal wear and tear can cause window seals to crack and shrink. Check your windows and doors inside and out for leaks and drafts. Caulk cracks or install weather stripping around windows and doors, including the garage door. Replace screens with storm windows and clean them if needed.
Roof: Inspect your roof or hire a licensed professional to examine it for wear and tear. If the shingles are curling or buckling replace them. If you have a lot of damage it may be time to replace the entire roof. Also, check the flashing around skylights, pipes and chimneys. If you have any leaks or gaps, heavy snow and ice will find its way in.
Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors: Each fall and spring you should check both your carbon monoxide detectors and your smoke alarms. Replace the batteries. These are very important detectors to have in a home and in Ontario both are now the law!
Start your Fall Garden Clean up: After a summer of enjoying your garden, it’s time to start preparing it for the winter. Fall is the perfect time to divide or move perennials. Remove dead annuals and mulch hardy perennials. This is also the time to plant spring bulbs. Think back to last spring and how you enjoyed seeing flowers blooming after the long winter. Just be sure to have them in before the first frost.
Use your Leaves: Rather than letting the city take away your fallen leaves make good use of them. Put the raked leaves in the compost pile or use as a mulch. Whatever you do, don't waste fallen leaves because they're an excellent source of nutrients and organic matter. You can also add them to flower beds to put a winter blanket on your garden
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