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6 Fall Disaster Prevention Tips for Your Home

Whether you decide to rake your leaves or not, there are other property restoration tasks to make your home is ready for the colder months.

Whether you decide to rake your leaves or not, there are other property restoration tasks to make your home is ready for the colder months.

Fall is usually a time when Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo residents shut down their barbecues, winterize their gardens, and fold up their lawn chairs. It's also an excellent time to take care of some of those big home maintenance projects before the shorter days and cold weather hit. Our property restoration team at Proserve DKI offer these tips on how to prepare your home both inside and out for fall and to prevent any damage from winter’s icy grip.

1. To Rake or Not to Rake

The National Wildlife Foundation has declared that the practice of raking leaves can disrupt natural habitats and the survival of different kinds of insects over the winter months. However, some experts say that leaving leaves on the ground can inhibit spring growth. Leaves left over winter may also cause insect infestations, disease, and snow mould, a cold-weather fungus that can affect your lawn as well as those in your home who have allergies.

2. Clean Your Gutters

We usually think of spring as the time to clean our gutters of debris that may have accumulated over winter. However, fall is the time when gutters and downspouts can clog from falling leaves. Blocked drains prevent water to properly runoff. When the water freezes, it can cause gutters to warp or crack or ice dams to form, leading to extensive damage and the need for water restoration to your roof or siding.

3. Shut off Outdoor Faucets and Detach Hoses

When water freezes, it expands. That’s why closing off your home’s exterior water supply is essential to avoid pipes from bursting and other flood damage. Cleanup companies such as Proserve DKI also recommend that when you drain all the water from your hoses after detaching them. This way, they won't crack or tear during winter.

4. Seal Windows

With jacket weather upon us, it's also essential to button up our homes in the fall. You can cut energy costs by sealing any gaps found around your windows. Available in most hardware stores, weatherstripping is easy to apply and will seal any air leaks in your windows as well as holes in your plumbing, wiring and HVAC system.

5. Have Your Septic System Inspected

For any rural residents who have septic fields or have their sewage trucked out, it's crucial to get septic systems inspected before the snow begins to fall. A frozen septic system can lead to extensive damage and the need for sewer backup restoration. A septic expert can make sure your holding tank, pipes, and connections are all in working order.

6. Check Your Attic

A properly insulated attic is the best way to protect your home from heat, cold, and humidity. An insulated attic also leads to better air quality and prevents pollutants such as dust, dirt, mildew, and dangerous mould from spreading through your home. We suggest that you inspect your attic every fall to make sure the insulation is holding up. Make sure your attic remains cool and that there are no air leaks. If your home was built before 1980, it's essential to make sure that asbestos is not present in your insulation. Do not remove or replace the insulation yourself. Instead, have a certified biohazard cleanup team do the removal for you.

For more information, read 6 Things You Need to Know about Asbestos Cleanup in Alberta.

Serving Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo residents since 1976, Proserve DKI offers a complete suite of restoration and cleanup services from flood, water, fire, smoke, wind, and sewer damage. Our certified team can also handle mould restoration and asbestos cleanup services.