Winter Building Maintenance Tips
Winter is tough on our bodies, but it is also tough on our homes – the constant freeze and thaw cycle, sunshine one minute and snow the next. This means that you need to grab the best winter building maintenance tips to help you prepare your home for the worst of the season and to ensure you watch for common problems.
There are some checks you should carry out before winter or just as the season starts. Top of the list is to check any pipework for signs of cracks or damage, especially if the pipes are outside. Even a minor defect could lead to a burst pipe when the weather gets bad.
Winter is a good time to have the boiler serviced as this can reduce the chance of it breaking down when you need it most. It also helps it run as efficiently as possible when receiving the most use.
Guttering is another area to check over winter. With all the leaves from autumn, it is easy for gutters to clog up or the added weight of snow to pull them loose from their fittings. This means they don’t work properly and could be allow water to build up against the house – a possible cause of damp problems.
During winter, keep an eye on these areas and try to maintain a consistent temperature in the rooms of the house. This stops condensation and reduces the risk of frozen pipes – which then burst when thawing.