The forces of nature can’t be stopped, but we can take measures to prepare and protect our homes and businesses so they can withstand the elements and be protected from weather damage — Wind, rain, snow… are you ready?

Roof

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The roof provides protection for the entire building and it is one of the more costly items to replace or repair. It is essential to examine your roof each season, but fall is the most important time to look for damage before winter weather worsens it. It is wise to let an expert assess the roof’s condition for safety reasons. Plus they know exactly which areas to check. They should be looking for:

  • Loose or missing shingles
  • Cracks in caulking
  • Rust spots or damaged flashing
  • Worn rubber around pipes
  • Buildup of moss
  • Clogged eaves troughs or gutters
  • Debris (leaves, branches, litter)

You may have to have another expert examine the chimney and vents, but they can certainly be looked at when checking the roof too. It’s wise to have your chimney cleaned in the fall so soot doesn’t build up.

Check for dark or damp spots inside the building on ceilings or walls or peeling paint under roof overhangs as these are signs of a leaking roof.

Gutters & Drainpipes

Keep drainpipes clear of debris

Keep drainpipes clear of debris

These should be cleaned and replaced or repaired if necessary each year. Wet weather is a certainty in the Fraser Valley, and though the rain is fantastic for our gardens and local agriculture, it can cause a lot of damage to homes and businesses if precautions are not taken to route water away from roofs and foundations.

Make sure pipes are extended or angled away from areas where pooling might happen.

If you are into DIY, some of the repairs can be done after a quick trip to the hardware store and watching a couple of YouTube videos.

You can find great tips online, like this video “How to repair a hanging eavestrough”:

There are LOTS more to view….

Clear away the areas around the bottom of drain pipes and make sure the ground slopes away from the building and there are no areas where water can pool.

This image from EasyDigging.com shows how to improve drainage around foundations.

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Moss Removal

Moss buildup leads to roof rot and wall staining. Use a stiff bristled broom to remove dead, dry moss then apply moss killer to any remaining patches. Ask advice at the hardware store and read labels as some moss killers will damage or stain roof shingles or paint finishes.

You can try using natural methods or good old-fashioned elbow grease; regular scrubbing with soap and water will prevent moss growth in the first place if you do not wish to use chemicals.

Or try this suggestion from Log House Plants: “Sprinkle roofs, decks, furniture, and walkways generously with baking soda. Next, even out the coverage with a broom or brush. Let it stand for a few days, or until moss turns golden and starts to flake away. The best aspect of this totally simple treatment is that, unlike most commercial moss killers, baking soda won’t harm garden plants, soil, or water.” Read MORE.

Exterior Checklist

To make sure you are ready for the worst BC weather, check your supplies and tools: ice melter or sand, snow shovels, brooms, ladders etc. and make a list of necessary repairs by walking around your property and checking the following:

  • Peeling paint
  • Damaged or missing siding
  • Cracks in foundation and driveways or paths
  • Overhanging trees—prune or remove branches that may damage building if they broke off
  • Seals on doors, windows and skylights

Taking precautions now and completing repairs will save you time and money later!

Here are some more GREAT TIPS for Fall Home Maintenance