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Last Minute Winterization in the Capital Region

MacFawn Fire & Flood Restoration - Friday, November 20, 2015

The past two days in the Capital Region have bene unseasonably warm. As such, it would be a good idea to take a tally of any necessary steps you might need to take to complete the winterization process in your home(s) and business(es). There are a number of ways you can approach winterization that we have discussed, including: sealing your doors and windows with permanent coverings or semipermanent devices that will block airflow in between rooms and from the chilly outdoor air. 

Certainly, replacing roof tiles isn't something you should do if you don'e have proper training or tools, but the following list is useful in assessing and evaluating trouble areas to move forward and address before the first snowfall. 

WINDOWS & DOORS Check all windows and doors for any movement of air, peeling paint or discoloration. Peeling paint and discoloration are a sign of moisture and this can ultimately mean that there is an area that needs to be sealed within or around the structure.

ROOF Repair any roof shingles or tiles that are loose. These areas weaken the integrity of the roof and allow moisture and condensation to creep into the structure and damage anything in its' path. Check in and around ventilation for chimneys plumbing vents and the like. If there is a location on the inside of the structure that would indicate a leak in the roof, it is vital to trace the track of the moisture back to the origination point. This may not be an area directly above the location identified as water can run along rafters and such. 

FOUNDATION & EXTERIOR WALLS Seal any areas in the external foundation that are visibly damaged. Areas with piping, wiring or plumbing are particularly at risk. A general sealant can prevent a world of difficulties later on insofar as preventing water, moisture and cold air into the structure that can lead to mold infestations and frozen (and expansion/ cracking) pipes that can cause flooding at a most inconvenient time.

PLUMBING Check all plumbing lines for condensation or visible leakages. Checking for cracks and wetness is a simple way of assessing your pipelines in the home. Generally if it's only a small area of the plumbing, just that area can be replaced. Having a cracked pipe doesn't always translate to a ginormous bill. Sometimes for under $50, a potion of the plumbing can save 10's of $1000's of dollars in flood damage if the pipe later bursts!

TERMITES Check the home and particularly the attic and basement for termite(s) or signs of termite damage. Any exposed wood can lead to termite invasion and hence areas that will rot away and need to be sealed and re-covered.