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General Winter Check List
Follow this steps by step guide to help prepare your home for winter
As the long days of summer usher into autumn, begrudgingly we all face the reality that it's time to buckle down and handle a few important chores around the home. These are the kinds of tasks that aren't particularly rewarding now but, on a cold, wind-swept winter night; you will sleep a little better knowing they've been completed.

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Once winter begins and the elements start to take its toll on the fabric of your home. Roofs must shed rain and snow, windows and doors must reject the cold, and the heating system must keep your home comfortable. If any of these components fail, you may be left dealing with an emergency in the wet, cold, or dark to trying to fix them.

By being proactive is the key! By taking action now with these few, important, reasonably easy tasks, you can avoid considerable trouble later.
Inspect the Roof


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If possible, go up onto the roof to check its condition, but only do this can done safely. Look for cracked or missing slates, missing or damaged flashing, and other conditions that might allow the roof to leaks. In most cases, you can seal minor cracks or handle minor repairs yourself.

Do not climb onto a roof that is steep, wet, or icy. Instead, consider checking the surface from a ladder or, if you can't safely climb a ladder, use a pair of binoculars to scan the roof area for broken or missing tiles. From the top of a ladder, you can check all the gutters along a typical roof. If you see problems, call a professional roofing contractor.
Check the Gutters


2. blocked gutters

While you're on the ladder, look into the gutters and down pipes. If they are clogged with leaves and debris, remove and clean the gutters. Gutters prevent water damage to the exterior fabric of the home, windows, and doors. When clogged with leaves and debris, they will fill with rainwater and overflow. To make matters worse, the added weight of the water may pull them loose from the eaves fixings.
Investigate Weather Proofing


Also look to see if windows and doors are effectively sealed with weather-stripping. Weather-stripping will prevent drafts and winter heat loss. If weather-stripping is damaged, it's usually easiest and most effective to entirely replace it rather than to repair it.
Service the Central Heating Boiler


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Carbon monoxide is a highly poisonous gas with no taste, no colour and no smell.

Carbon monoxide can kill and cause seriously injured.

It can escape into your home if a gas appliance is not installed correctly or serviced regularly. For your peace of mind, have your central heating boiler serviced annually. This will give peace of mind it's an inexpensive and effective protection from this hidden hazard.
Sweep the Chimney


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If you can see past the damper in the throat of the chimney, shine a flashlight up from inside to look for black, scaly creosote buildup on the inner walls. Creosote buildup on the inner walls of the chimney must be removed periodically to prevent chimney fires. The amount of buildup inside the chimney will depend upon how much wood you burn seasonally and how long it has been since the last cleaning. Cleaning is generally recommended at least once a year for an active fireplace. Call a chimney sweep to have this done. See also our DIY chimney cleaning and repair advice.
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