This is a fact we want to close our eyes to: autumn is upon us! Rather than being caught off guard, get ahead by preparing your home right now. We asked Handyman New Haven for some tips, be aware that there is worse than discovering water infiltration in its roof or a bird’s nest in its chimney, you could discover it in very cold weather. Help prevent unexpected renovations this year with these simple tips to help you get through the winter. As we say: “Prevention is better than cure”!
Tip 1: frozen water may surprise you
Pool or spa
The summer season is over and no one will go into the swimming pool. Take advantage of the last days of good weather to end the season. It’s time to vacuum the water one last time to clean it all the way down and feel free to play in the corners. The skimmer is also not to be forgotten. Lower the water level to about 50 cm (20 inches) below the skimmer to avoid damaging it. In case of heavy rain, check the water level again. Store the ladder, pump and all accessories. We recommend that you ask a professional for clear instructions on how to properly close your pool or spa. It is also possible to hire a specialized company to do the work.
Faucet and piping
Who says water, also says piping. talk about stories of pipes exploding in the dead of winter. Alas, these are not just stories. When you are going to put away your garden hoses, also shut off the water supply (valve) inside the house. So don’t take a chance and drain all the outside water outlets afterwards. Take the opportunity to water the soil abundantly around your trees and shrubs one last time. They will greatly appreciate it.
Tip 2: shrubs and flower beds: dress your plants
Your landscaping and these beautiful plants that you have chosen with care may need to be prepared for the winter. This time, you will have to deviate somewhat from the initial plan and wait until the end of the fall to cover your plants and flower beds. Note, however, that not all plants need additional protection; it all depends on the hardiness zones. The Natural Resources Canada site offers a charter allowing you to identify those in your municipality. Montreal is, for example, classified as being under zone 6a, i.e. an area with an average minimum temperature between -23Co and -17Co)
Other factors can also threaten your shrubs and flowerbeds such as a location near sidewalks and therefore subject to the passage of snow plows and their spills (street salt, snow trails, etc.).
In such situations, you will inevitably have to prepare your ground for winter. Cover the shrubs with canvas and tie them with a strong knot. For the smallest plants, plant stakes around them and make a canvas shelter for them or use a “rose cone”. Do not hesitate to use brightly colored stakes if you are afraid of the machinery wheels.
Tip 3: windows to light up your daily life
Your land is safe, but have you thought of your house? The idea of a spring cleaning is widespread, but you would benefit from taking care of your windows during the fall. Wash them thoroughly and remove the mosquito nets. This will allow you to take advantage of a surplus of light as the days get shorter. You should know that on average almost 18%
During your major cleaning, you may find some wear and tear in the caulking of your windows and doors. Fall is the perfect time to find a contractor who can remedy the situation quickly. Take advantage of the low season to make these minor repairs. It will cost you an average of a few hundred dollars, no more. A handyman will most certainly help you.
You can always install weather stripping film to insulate your windows. Obviously, if the plastic film is not enough to stop the drafts, it is a sign that your windows will need to be replaced. To get a better idea of the price, don’t hesitate to use our cost estimator and select the “Windows” box to get a rough estimate.
Tip 4: a solid roof over your head
Fall is the last opportunity to take a look at your roof before it is buried in the snow. When you are busy emptying gutters of dead leaves and other debris, look at s