Ottawa is known to have long, gruelling winters that come with home damage more often than not. Year after year, residents of Canada’s capital await the warmer months to assess what effects this past winter had on their homes. While some winters are better than others, whether winter was more snow or rain heavy, all come with their unique impacts.
As summer nears, it’s time for homeowners to distinguish if winter’s damages are manageable or call for the expertise of a professional.
Here’s how Ottawa homeowners can recover from winter damage this summer and the professionals that may be needed.
Driveway damage can come in all forms. It can come as a result of extreme weather that causes cracks or even the shovels that put extra force on the asphalt. Regardless, many homeowners opt for driveway repair services in Ottawa to help and give their driveway a new face.
Yes. While some homeowners opt to try to do driveway repairs on their own, it’s best to get the help of a professional. After all, driveway repair comes with its fair share of challenges that a professional would best know how to assess.
Road salt and regular wear and tear on the garage during the cold months are common. Clean the entire floor and focus on areas that have visible salt damage. It’s essential to clean the garage to avoid more damage in the upcoming months.
No. Cleaning may be more of a hands-on process, but it’s very doable on your own.
Caulking window cracks
Ottawa homes are vulnerable to window cracks. Thermal stress cracking occurs when exposed to different temperatures so, if you’re on a smaller budget, caulking your windows is the best option for you.
No. All hardware stores sell caulk guns, and many have instruction manuals with them. For more significant projects, consider a professional.
Clean the Gutters
Homeowners often overlook the gutters. Ice dams can cause the gutters to break. It’s time to inspect them and begin cleaning as there’s bound to be a potential build-up of leaves.
Yes, and no. Hiring someone to clean your gutters is an affordable option, especially if you don’t have the equipment. The cost of a contractor could be equivalent to you purchasing a new ladder for this task. If you have the time and the equipment, avoid hiring a professional.
Fix Ceiling Stains
The water stain on your ceiling is likely a by-product of a leak either from your roof or elsewhere. Ceiling stains are fixable, but it’s also essential to figure out where the leak came from.
No. You can fix your ceiling on your own but determining where the stain originated from has its challenges.
Repaint Your Home
Winter can create severe damage to any home, including the exterior paint. You can avoid these problems, but it is time to paint if it was an extra, gruelling winter.
Yes. While you can do a typical paint job, it’s important to remember that everyone will see this paint job. There will be no room for error as it will be the first thing seen by all your neighbours. It’s best to get it done the first time correctly.