Fall is in full swing! The mornings are crisper, the leaves are turning, and pumpkins are popping up on doorsteps all around the city. Fall in Nova Scotia also marks the arrival of an often turbulent weather season, making it the perfect time to prepare our homes for impending Fall storms. We’ve gathered our best tips for defending your property against the elements of the season.
Clear The Way
In the event of some turbulent weather, you’ll want to make sure that drains are clear of obstacles.
Water damage can be a killer during the Fall months. Avoid water accumulation on your property by ensuring that your downspouts extend three to six feet, storm drains are clear of leaves and debris, and that the ground around your downspouts is angled to lead water away from your property (and your neighbours!).
Tip: Set a golf ball at the end of your downspout and let it roll to see exactly what path water will take.
Another important step to preventing property damage during high-winds is trimming your trees’ dead, damaged or weak branches.
Getting rid of these branches will mitigate wind resistance and chance for damage to your home.
Inspecting the state of certain parts of your property and repairing or replacing as needed is another critical step to keeping your property safe.
Inspect the exterior and interior of your roof for signs of wear. Ensure all shingles are in tact and that there are no holes or water damage to be found from the inside.
Check if weather-stripping and caulking around doors and windows is in need of repair or replacement.
Secure The Premises
In the event of high winds, ensure that everything on your property is secured. Tie down or store away patio furniture, trampoline, barbecue and fences.
We’ve been having quite a beautiful Fall this year in Nova Scotia, beginning with what had seemed like endless sunny days and mild temperatures. Nonetheless, Nova Scotians are advised to monitor weather forecasts to stay prepared. In the event of a storm, keep you and your family safe, and check up on your neighbours!Posted by Team Support on
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