Autumn is upon us and winter will be hot (no sarcasm intended) on its heels. And, because we know how quickly time seems to pass, it’s worth thinking about how you will prepare your home for the seasons ahead.
Keep on top of your roof
We’ve already had some Autumnal showers but if you’ve had any issues with your roof, no matter how minor, you need to take care of them now.
Otherwise, a seasonal deluge of rain or snow will leave you with more problems in the long run. It’s also no fun doing those sorts of jobs in a downpour or the cold!
Water damage to ceilings can also point you in the direction of any necessary fixes, don’t simply paint over water stains. Once the leak is fixed, seal the stain and repaint the entire ceiling to ensure there’s no obvious retouching.
Gut your gutters
Clogged gutters and downspouts can cause water damage to your home.
So, get on top of them now and pull out all those fallen leaves and twigs before winter comes along and causes and excessive leaks, moisture or blockages.
Cure the condensation
If you allow condensation to get out of control, you could be looking at a case of dry rot. And that’s no fun at all!
Given the right conditions to breed, mould can get out of control. So, keep an eye out for it and clean up mould patches as soon as they appear.
A dehumidifier is also extremely useful for removing excessive moisture from the air.
Excessive condensation and damp can also be caused by heat from one room entering a colder room, so keep the kitchen door closed when cooking, especially if you have rooms that aren’t being heated.
Washing should also be dried outside, or on a clothes maiden when outside laundry days are a no no. Don’t place clothes directly on radiators.
It’s also important to make sure your home is well insulated, as this will help to ensure you have stable moisture levels.
Plus… Checking – and increasing – your insulation will also help to prevent draughts and could, therefore, help to reduce your energy bills in the colder months, which is always a bonus!
Keep your pipes warm
If you have pipes in the attic or on outside walls, it’s worth fitting them with insulation sleeves or wrapping. This can help prevent them from being susceptible to frost, which can cause them to burst and flood your home.
Also, be on the lookout for any cracks in the outside of your property, as these can help cold air sneak its way in to attack your pipes!
If you – or the tenants in your property – go on holiday during cold weather, it’s always worth leaving the heat on low to help prevent pipes from freezing.
Check your appliances
It’s important to check all of your heating appliances before it gets too late. You don’t want to turn on your heating when it gets really cold only to discover that something is broken!
Feel the radiators… if they are colder at the top than they are at the bottom, you ought to bleed them. This will help to reduce built up air and make them more efficient.
Getting gas appliances – such as your boiler – safety tested on an annual basis is always a wise thing to do and can save you money in the long term. And it’s compulsory if you rent a property out.
It may seem like a pain to have to spend time thinking about all these things now but it’s worth the time and effort.
You’ll thank me in the long run when you and your home make it through the winter without any dramatic or costly incidents!