VANCOUVER, Nov. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) offers
Canadians maintenance tips to protect their homes over the winter
"Winter weather can cause costly damage to your home. British Columbians
know all too well that winters bring a wide variety of weather
depending on the region you live in. Heavy rain, low temperatures, high
winds, significant snowfall and freezing rain are hard on houses.
Following a few simple maintenance tips will help keep your home in
tip-top shape," says Bill Adams, IBC Vice-President, Western & Pacific.
Maintenance tips to protect your home this winter
Inside the home
Clean or replace furnace air filters each month during the heating
If you go on vacation, leave the heat on. Get someone to check on your
home while you are away. Contact your insurance representative to
determine the visitation requirements while you are away contained in
your insurance policy.
Test batteries in fire and smoke detectors and vacuum fire and smoke
detectors, as dust or spider webs can prevent them from functioning.
If you have a plumbing fixture that is not used frequently, such as a
laundry tub or spare bathroom sink, run water through it occasionally
to keep water in the trap.
Make a note of where your water main is located in case you need to shut
it off in an emergency.
If away for extended periods consider fire and low temperature detection
Test plumbing shut-off valves to ensure they are working and to prevent
them from seizing.
Examine your attic for frost accumulation. Check your roof for ice dams
or icicles. If you see excessive frost or staining in your attic or if
there are ice dams on the roof surface, visit the CMHC website for advice. Damage from ice dams may not be covered under your
home insurance policy.
Outside the home
Keep your sidewalk and the front stairs of your house clear of snow and
ice to prevent falls and injuries.
Keep snow clear of gas meters, gas appliance vents, exhaust vents and
Drain your garden hose.
Water frozen in pipes can cause your pipes to break at their weakest
point. To prevent freezing, fit exposed pipes with insulation sleeves
Trim tree branches that hang close to the house or electrical wires.
In areas subjected to heavy rain fall, ensure that drains are clear of
Source: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
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