As much as we might hate to admit it, it will not be long now before the winter arrives, bringing with it the kind of grim and unpredictable weather that UK residents know so well. The summer tends to be a much easier time for homeowners as their properties are put under a lot less stress (although the heatwave in July certainly introduced a lot of us to the need for air conditioning). But the winter is when our properties will start to show some cracks, and here are some of the key areas you need to focus on.
Check Your Roof
The roof is one of those parts of the house that most of us do not think about until something goes wrong. If you have not checked your roof in a while, then you should take a look at the tiles and the drainage. It is important to keep doing this during the autumn, as falling leaves can quickly clog those drainpipes which can lead to leaks. If you are unsure about what you are doing, hire a contractor or ask a friend for help. Roof accidents are no joke, so don’t try and get up there alone.
Give Your Heating A Boost
Everyone knows someone who has been through a total horror story with their heating during the winter, and indeed a lot of us have been through our own. With the growing changes in seasonal temperatures, it is so important that you have a heating solution that is powerful and reliable. And with the growing cost of energy, you should also look at more efficient heating options. Air source heat pumps are efficient, effective, and reliable, and you can head to the Federation of Master Builders to read about a selection of the best air source heat pumps in the UK. They help homeowners and builders to make the right choices for their projects.
Get A Proper Plumbing Inspection
Everyone’s plumbing is subject to a lot of wear and tear, and during the winter months it can be more prone to major issues whether that is freezing pipes or clogging. Even if you are trying to save money at the moment, it makes a lot of sense to pay for a proper inspection of your plumbing to identify any problem areas before the bad weather hits. Find out if you need to replace any piping before it breaks down. There are habits that you can get into which will help, such as running warm water through them regularly.
Watch Out For Mould
During the winter, we do our best to keep the warm air in. However, this can lead to condensation forming, which can lead to mould. Mould is tough to prevent and even harder to get rid of properly, and it can have an impact on your health. You should start getting into better habits now. Good insulation will help you to prevent its build up, but you also need to be keeping air circulation going. Try to open some windows even if it is very cold and wipe down any damp surfaces in your bathroom or kitchen.
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