With the cold weather already starting to make its presence known, it’s always a good idea to make sure your house is ready to handle it. We might not get much snow – in fact, we might not get any if recent years are to go by – but we still bear the brunt of heavy winds and rain. Now’s the time to make sure everything is prepped to help withstand the bad weather.
Clear away any debris
The first step to making sure you have a safe and stable roof begins with its cleaning. If you have any trees or large bushes on your property, you should make sure they are carefully pruned back to prevent any debris falling onto your roof. If you are able to, check your roof and get rid of any trapped remnants, especially those that could cause blockages. Leaves, twigs and other garden waste can easily clog your gutters, so remove any blockages to prevent water from overflowing, potentially causing damage to your home.
Examine your roof
Wear and tear over the years can cause your roof to be vulnerable to the weather. Storms, and even tornados have been known to strike, as they did in 2016, causing a significant amount of damage to buildings. Check for worn fastenings, peeling paint, missing sealant and any rust, so you can get the problem fixed before the bad weather arrives.
Make sure to check your aerial also, after all the colder months usually mean more time spent curled up inside watching TV. If you spot a problem, a Bristol aerial installations specialist, such as http://aerial-installations-bristol.co.uk/, can help with any repairs needed.
Inspect the indoors
It may look fine from the outside, but there may be damage hiding on the inside that you will need to look out for. Check your insulation for water damage or areas that seem more worn and make sure that your fans and vents are fully working. Look for anything to suggest animals might have been taking shelter in your attic, such as holes, food or waste and try to figure out how they got in so it can be repaired. Keep an eye on any stains to see if they grow, as staining is a tell-tale sign that you may have a leak.