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Here in Toronto, we are blessed with relatively moderate conditions most of the time – we are seldom subject to the extreme weather events that plague many other areas. However, we would be wise to see the August 19, 2005 rainstorm which washed out Finch Ave. and the tornadoes that threaten to touch down in Ontario as fair.

Warning: Be Ready for Stormy Weather

The Belvedere team has put together a simple but informative 10-point inspection checklist for you. Grab a pen and notepad, and we’ll guide you through a complete home checkup.

  1. Roof: Inspect to make certain all roofing components are secure, including shingles, flashing and fascia boards. Tree branches which overhang your home and which are at risk of coming down in the event of an ice storm should be removed in the fall.

  2. Chimneys: Loose or missing brick can usually be seen from the ground or with the help of binoculars. Look for mortar missing from between the brickwork and crumbling brickwork.

  3. Attic: Ensure you have adequate attic insulation and that all vents are functioning properly.

  4. Eavestroughs and Downspouts: Clean out the eaves troughs after the leaves come down and before the snow flies, or you may have water problems come the spring. Inspect downspouts to ensure water is not collecting near the foundation of your home. Belvedere highly recommends Don Lauder for eavestrough cleaning. Don can be reached at 416-266-8589.

  5. Windows: If your windows are old or original, you may want to consider replacing them with new, highly durable windows which require virtually no maintenance. If you are not planning to replace older windows, make sure to apply fresh caulking and good weather stripping.

  6. Doors: Snug new weather stripping around all exterior doors is the quickest, cheapest way to keep chill winds out and reduce heating costs.

  7. Tuckpointing: Upgrading the mortar between your home's bricks and concrete blocks helps keep the structure sound and prevents water intrusion.

  8. Exterior Foundation: Should be checked for water points of entry such as cracked mortar joints, deterioration, loose caulking or cement around basement windows which would allow water to enter, lack of window wells and window wells which are not functioning properly.

  9. Interior Foundation: Look for moisture stains which show up at the base of interior walls and can be identified by discoloration and flaking. Lift rugs where the floor meets the walls and look for dampness or mould and odour.

  10. Landscaping: Make sure sidewalks, driveways and patios are sloping away from the foundation to divert water.


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