Summer is rapidly coming to a close, and fall is approaching. The leaves on the trees are beginning to turn, and the combines are beginning to tackle another harvest season. Soon the sweaters, scarves and pumpkin spiced everything will overtake the public. The season is changing and with that comes a new list of things to do
One of the many things to be on top of is the preparation for the cold winter ahead which includes winterising items like boats, cabins, and your home. Whether you need to pull the boat out of the water, drain the water lines in your three season cabin, or blow out the sprinkler system at your home, there is lots to do!
One thing that often gets overlooked as the season moves forward and the leaves begin to fall is the task of cleaning the rain gutters on your home. With the leaves coming off the trees, it is common for them to settle into those gutters or on the roof of your home. This can become hazardous as winter approaches with the cycles of freezing and thawing and precipitation that comes with it. If those gutters are plugged up with debris from the trees, it can cause a build up of moisture and can lead to potential ice damming on your roof. This causes water damage in your walls and ceiling and can be quite costly to fix. The best prevention for this is to ensure that your gutters and eaves are clear of debris so that water can escape those roof lines on your home.
Another important task is to ensure that water lines are blown out on sprinkler systems, boats, and personal watercraft (to name a few). Leaving water in these lines can cause damage to them once they freeze up for the winter. This can cause cracked lines even on metal components. Always ensure that you have taken the precautions to drain these lines before the freezing begins!
Wherever we find you this fall, be safe, enjoy the pumpkin spice, and prepare for the winter as it approaches!