The weather hasn't been great these last two weeks in the UK.Rain has stopped play across the country. Dark mornings combined with relentless downpours can dampen even the sunniest disposition.But on the bright side, it's been lovely weather for ducks and brilliant for business if you sell wellies and umbrellas.And spare a thought for the people of Mawsynram in India, which regularly records the highest levels of rainfall in the world with more than 467.4 inches annually.Compare that to the UK's rainiest city Cardiff, which sees an average 45.3 inches per year.Now, the wind and rain may have put you off getting those pre-winter maintenance jobs sorted, but it's worth remembering that old phrase 'a stitch in time saves nine.'These five tips below will help get your home ready for winter.
- Get your boiler serviced now ahead of any cold blasts. There are few things worse than your heating packing up in the winter and waiting for an engineer to come out.
Excellent plumbing and heating companies are often booked out weeks ahead, so make that call for a service today to save you pain further down the line. Your family will thank you for it.
- And while the engineers are there get them to bleed your radiators to make sure your central heating is working to its potential and everyone is kept warm and comfortable.
- Clearing your gutters and drains may be the last thing on your mind when it's cold and damp outside, but it's an essential task. Leaves, twigs, moss and general rubbish can all build up to block guttering and drains and can cause leaks into your roof and walls.
- Winter storms can cause havoc with fencing. Check your fencing is in good condition and get any weak areas replaced or strengthened.
- Here's a small, simple but wonderfully effective tip. If you dry clothes indoors at this time of the year, put them next to a window which is slightly open to aid airflow. This reduces the risk of damp or condensation. But remember to be security conscious and lock it when you go out.
If you are a landlord, it's your job to you ensure your property is well maintained.No practical, handyperson skills? No problem.Remember folks sharing is caring, so please share this article on social media, forward to a friend or let us know your maintenance tips.Thanks for reading.