Ahhhhh, the dreaded ‘W’ word is almost here… Winter is around the corner and you might be wondering how your property is going to cope. Let’s be honest, wintertime in the UK can be brutal in a multitude of ways, and it can have a relentlessly negative impact on your property.
Broken boilers, cracked walls, loose roof tiles and fallen fences are only some of the ways that your property can experience the harsh weather’s ongoing wrath during the colder months. Don’t worry, however, as there are steps you can take to ensure that your property remains in good condition.
Clean your gutters regularly
It’s a task that no one wants to do – until it’s too late and the damage has already been done. If you don’t make an effort to clean your gutters, they can become full with moss, soil, and plants. As we all know, rainfall is rife during the winter season. In fact, Tyne and Wear received 214% (319.1mm) of seasonal winter rainfall in 2020/2021.
Do you see where we’re going with this? If your gutters are not clean and clear, the water it catches will get blocked and flow straight onto your walls, and a crack in rendering can cause water to seep into the property.
Take advantage of a roof health check
A good roofer will tell you about the importance of a roof health check during the colder months. It’s no secret that the harsh weather conditions – especially stormy winds – can result in loose tiles flying off, leaving your roof open (quite literally) to air and water damage.
Why let it get that far? Instead, take advantage of a roof health check and let the professionals give your roof the all clear before winter fully sets in. If you’re looking for roofing companies North East, Findley Roofing have decades of experience and will even inspect your roof for free.
Be mindful of condensation
Condensation can quite often lead to damp and mould, which is why it’s of fundamental importance you keep an eye out for any tell-tale signs during wintertime. How does something like this happen? Well, condensation occurs when hot moist air comes into contact with a colder surface such as a window or wall and it can eventually damage your health.
It’s really easy to implement ways to prevent condensation. For example, use pan lids when cooking, close kitchen and bathroom doors when you’re using appliances within the room, and ensure your washing machine is correctly ventilated.
Get your boiler serviced
There’s nothing worse than your boiler breaking down on a freezing cold night in December, and it’s a likely occurrence! Did you know that boilers are more likely to break down in the winter than in the summer?
To avoid this happening, we encourage you to include getting your boiler serviced on your winter checklist. Not only will it be helpful for peace of mind, but it’ll also give you added protection if something does go wrong in its time of (absolute) need.