Now that autumn is officially here, it’s time to start to think about preparing your home for even colder weather over the winter months.
Fortunately, leading specialists Gutter Supplies have some top tips that will save your home from taking the brunt of the harsh weather.
Although gutters may not be on the top of your list of priorities, it is essential to keep them damage free and in working order through the colder months.
Maintaining your gutters is simple if you know what to look for- one major problem that you may face is leaky gutters. Spotting leaky gutters is relatively straight forward and one benefit of a prolonged rainy spell is that any leaks will be visible in the guttering system. There are a few things you can do to prevent this from happening, so Gutter Supplies have put together a quick gutters maintenance guide:
- Remove any debris from the gutter. Gutters should be cleaned out roughly twice a year. Fitting a leaf guard in your gutter downpipe ensures leaves and debris is trapped so that it does not fall into the downpipe, causing a blockage.
- If any gutter seals are leaking, remove the gutter by unclipping it from the brackets, and remove the offending fitting. Whilst replacement seals are available it is generally easier to replace the whole fitting as it shouldn't cost more than a few pounds.
- Unblock Your Drainpipes. Once the gutters are clear, turn your attention to any blocked rainwater pipes. It is very rare for a rainwater pipe to block completely, but if it does it should be removed and either cleaned out or replaced.
- Gutter Spring Cleaning. PVC Guttering is easy to keep clean. All that is required is a twice yearly wipe down with a soft cloth and soapy water, or a proprietary PVC cleaner. Take care though as abrasive household cleaners will damage the surface of material and cause scratches which will retain dirt and look unsightly.
Missing Roof Tiles and cracks
Be sure to check your roof for loose or missing tiles as any cracks or exposed roof space could allow water to penetrate the loft, leading to dampness and even cases of rot. Left too long without attendance, major problems could occur that are expensive, time consuming and intrusive to fix. From ground level, look out for roof debris and broken tiles as these may be a sign of damage to your roof which may have the potential to cause rot.
Keep out winter draughts
Check the edges of your windows and doors for any unwanted winter draughts that may be sneaking into your home through any nooks and crannies. About one third of heat lost in a home finds its way to the outside through doors and windows. Seal any gaps you may find with self-adhesive strips or install new door sweeps to prevent draughts from entering underneath your doors.
Pad Your Pipes
A small frozen pipe can propose a large household damage if it bursts, so pad your pipes to prevent floods. Pipe insulation sleeves can be bought from most DIY shops so spend a bit of time covering any pipes that are exposed in unheated areas, such as your loft, basement or cupboard space. Cover all the exposed parts then seal the seams with some duct tape. Padding your pipes is a simple task that not only can prevent considerable damage from occurring, but conserves energy too.
Just by checking these few simple things, you will not only save money on your bills, but you will prevent future problems from occurring. Get your home all ready for the winter weather now so you can have a stress-free winter.