As the temperature drops and the leaves begin to change colour, fall becomes the perfect time of year to get outside and complete all the outdoor chores we have been avoiding all summer. It also marks the perfect time of year to prepare for the wintery storms and potential insurance claims we have coming our way.
We have all experienced a few of the headaches the changing weather brings along, whether it’s the nasty ice accumulated on our front door step, your water pipes freezing, or leaves falling from trees. All of these at the initial perception may not seem to worrisome. However, that icy front door step could lead to someone falling and hurting themselves, those frozen pipes could burst and cause severe water damage in your home, and even those leaves falling from the tree could clog your downspout and cause water to seep into your home. These misfortunes happen to us all but as a broker, we would like to help you avoid all the possible nuisances, and leave you with peace of mind.
Properly Store Outside Furniture & Appliances
Unfortunately patio season has come to an end. Properly store away all your patio furniture and your beloved barbeques, as these items can be damaged if left outside in a storm. If possible, store propane tanks in a detached garage or outdoor shed, or as far away from your dwelling as reasonably practical.
Inspect Heating Systems
Take precautions before firing up your heating system. If you have a furnace or boiler ensure their systems have been professionally inspected and if applicable, have your chimney cleaned prior to wood burning. Trim any tree branches that are overhanging your home or power lines. This reduces the risks of a branch falling and causing damage to your home or losing power during a storm.
Maintain Roof & Downspouts
Have a professional inspect your roof and make necessary fixes. And hey while they are up there get them to have a look at your eavestrough and downspouts. If they need to be cleaned or cleared make sure so the rain and the melting snow that are coming soon, can drain properly, and most importantly, away from your home.
Adjust Car For Winter
Now, it is safe to assume we all strongly dislike winter driving. Walking outside to your car in the morning, still partially asleep, to discover it is covered in a thick layer of ice and snow is not how we want to start our day. Ensure your car has all the appropriate tools to keep you safe this winter. This includes an ice scraper, an extra pair of gloves or mittens, and that the heating and ventilation in the car is working properly. In anticipation for the first snow fall, make sure you have your certified winter tires installed and are in good condition. Oh and make sure you mention to us that you install them because we now offer a winter tire discount on every auto insurance policy.
Even when we complete every preventative measure possible, there is still a chance the changing weather will bring with it the “headaches”. If they ever happen to you, please first and foremost ensure you, your family and your friends are safe. Call your broker to report any damages that may have occurred and we will help you every step of the way.