October 28, 2015

Newmarket/Aurora Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Leaves are falling, rain is here, and snow is coming. It’s time to get your home prepped for winter. Here are a few suggestions…

Outdoor:

  • Rake leaves and move any wet/damp yard debris away from your home.
  • Clean eavestroughs, gutters, and downspouts. Make sure that the water from your downspouts is being directed away from your home (generally a minimum of six feet is recommended).
  • Drain, remove, and store outdoor hoses and turn off exterior spigots (outdoor water tap). You may want to consider installing a freeze-proof faucet if your home does not already have one.
  • Store & put outdoor furniture away.
  • Protect, inspect, and cover your central air conditioning unit. This can be as easy as putting a piece of plywood over top of it.
  • Locate snow shovels and de-icing salt and make them accessible in your shed or garage.
  • Test snow blower and have it serviced if necessary.
  • If necessary, prepare ice guards and/or ice melting system. In the older homes this is often a good strategy.

Newmarket Yard Waste Pick-up:

  • November is the last month for Yard Waste Pick-up. Get your yard waste out on your regular pick-up day (I.e. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday) in the first and third weeks of this month.
  • Maximum weight: 22Kg (50 lbs) per bag/container
  • Use paper yard waste bags OR open-top containers with handles
  • MUST put out before 7 AM on your collection day

For more information visit: www.newmarket.ca

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Aurora Yard Waste Pick-up:

  • Aurora’s year waste pick-up ends at the beginning of December. Your yard waste will be collected on your regular pick-up day in the first, third, and fifth weeks of November.
  • Maximum weight: 22Kg (50 lbs) per bag/container
  • Use paper yard waste bags OR open-top containers with handles and attach “yellow yard waste stickers” available for pick-up at Aurora Town Hall and 8 Scanlon Court.

For more information visit: www.aurora.ca/wasteandrecycling

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Indoor:

  • Change or clean furnace filters and check that furnace is operational.
  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Clean/flush the drains in your home. For this Lowes.ca recommends “adding one-half-cup baking soda followed by one-half-cup white vinegar. After 10 minutes, flush with boiling water”.
  • Check windows and doors for drafts and heat escape. Install weather stripping if necessary.
  • Purge & Clean: clean kitchen appliances, kitchen and bathroom cupboards, and discard out-dated food and medicine.

Maintaining your home inside and out is vital to preserving the value of your home.

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