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How Bad Weather Can Spell Disaster For Your Home

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Your home is the biggest purchases you’ll probably ever make, so it’s of course within your best interest to protect it. And one thing to be aware of is how damaging the weather can b. We might not be able to change the weather, but we can make sure our properties defenses are all working correctly to keep it as protected as possible. Here’s how you can go about it. 

Blocked guttering

Over the autumn months as the leaves fall from the trees, the wind blows them everywhere with many ending up in gutters. Over time as they break down they can create a gunky mess which stops rain water being able to properly flow out, leading to it spluttering and leaking water all over the front of your home. Not only can this lead to your rendering, brickwork and pointing getting stained and looking unsightly, but the water can actually penetrate through the bricks and lead to moisture inside the building. This then creates the perfect environment for black mould to form. Keep your property ventilated to help avoid condensation and ultimately mould; ventilate the property using air vents, extractor fans and an open window when possible. Either get up on a ladder with gardening gloves on and scrape this out yourself, or call out a maintenance company to give them a good clearing out. 

Flooding

Bad weather can blow debris and again things like leaf litter into drains, and along with more rainfall over the autumn and winter months it can create potential flooding issues. If the water level rises up too high you could find your ground floor gets damaged by water, ruining carpets, furnishings, furniture and electricals. Once your home has been flooded once, many home insurance companies will refuse to cover you for flooding again- so prevention is really important here. Companies like Drainboss can resolve issues both inside and outside of the home, if you’re worried you could end up with drainage issues then get the professionals out. 

Missing roof tiles

Strong winds can blow loose or damaged roof tiles from your property, and it can take some time for this to become apparent. Many homeowners find that they’re only aware of this once the roof begins to leak from the loft, and by then a whole load of damage could have been done. Once a year, get up on a ladder or borrow a drone so you can check the roof of your house. Make sure any missing tiles are replaced as a matter of urgency. 

Frost damage

If bricks in the walls of your home have spalled, then this is usually an indication that your walls have been getting wetter than they should. And wet walls can of course lead to freezing and frost damage, maximising the problems even further. Making sure all of the issues mentioned above are resolved will then prevent frost damage from occuring. 

 

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