Turn Your Attention To Winter
With the temperature starting to drop, we know that the prospect of storms, heavy rainfall and high winds looms. Now is a good time to attend to winter maintenance tasks to avoid potential problems around your home. Here are our top maintenance tips to get you started:
Roof: check for any broken tiles, slates, damaged pointing/mortar to hips and ridges and loose flashing to avoid water damage and internal leaks.
Guttering: all gutters need to be cleared of dirt and rubbish. Debris, such as leaf litter and silt can get trapped in the gutters and this can create acidic moisture leading to rust and water overflow.
Garden: whilst it may not be tempting to venture out to the garden at this time of the year, it’s important to fix any hazardous areas that are slippery or damp such as steps, pathways and driveways. This is often due to moss and lichen.
Heaters/ central heating: check and clean filters and vacuum dust from heaters. We recommend that this is done on a yearly basis. Gas appliances should be checked every 2 years to avoid carbon dioxide gas leaks.
Taps: check all internal and external taps and repair any leaks.
Mould: water damage can cause mildew and mould and if unnoticed for a long period of time, it can cause serious health issues such as allergies, asthma and respiratory infections. Check for any signs of mould and fix the problem before it gets worse.
Smoke detectors: winter also brings an increase in use of electric blankets, fireplaces, heaters and dryers. It’s an ideal time to check/change the batteries in your smoke detectors to protect you and your family should a fire eventuate.
Check for gaps: to reduce the amount of heat loss and cold air throughout your home, it’s a good idea to seal any cracks with gap filler and use door stoppers along the bottom of doors. This will assist in achieving more heating efficiency throughout these colder months.
Be mindful that inadequate maintenance around your home usually results in blocked drains, overflowing gutters and inadequate ventilation. A little bit of attention spent on your home now can save some complications and expenses in the future. To ensure that you’re prepared for signs of water damage around your home, have a read of our SPI article, “Beat the damp by improving water drainage“. If the condition of your water drainage is a concern, contact us at SPI Property Inspections on 1300 721 032 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.