Winter Building Maintenance Checks
With winter coming up fast and the temperatures already dabbling with cold, you must do a few core winter building maintenance checks before things deteriorate further. Whether you do these yourself or have someone like us do it for you, these are important steps to prepare your home for the worst of the weather.
Top of the list is to ensure your boiler and central heating is working properly. If this is run by gas, you’ll need a Gas Safe engineer to check it out. Winter is the most common time for boilers to break down because the demand on them is much higher. While a service or checkup can’t guarantee this won’t happen, it does spot problems already there and reduces the risk.
Checking all of your windows to ensure seals are working correctly is definitely an important thing to do. As the amount of rain starts to increase, you don’t want any weaknesses that could let water into the home and lead to dampness.
Talking of damp, it also pays to check around the home for any signs of it. Damp can start in lots of different places - from the ground if the damp course fails or in the loft if there’s a weakness in the roofing or brickwork.
Finally, as the leaves fall from the trees, make sure your gutters and downpipes are working and not blocked. Otherwise, rainwater can end up in the wrong places, causing a nuisance or even a damp problem.