This is part 2 of our blog on how to avoid problems and look after your property during the winter season. If you haven’t read the first part, you can do so here.
Thankfully, there are some things you can do to prevent some damage from occurring, and in this blog, we cover some common, and less common scenarios, which could result in damage.
This guide will help you to understand how the colder weather can affect your property and what actions you can take to both rectify any existing damages and how to prevent them altogether.
Check the guttering
Staining behind the downpipe of the guttering could be a sign of overflowing or leaking. The best way to check is to watch the downpipe when it’s raining, and if you see the water begin to back up and overflow from the gutter then chances are it is blocked.
If you have a tree outside your home, then check the gutter isn’t blocked from dead leaves, and make sure it’s cleared regularly.
Make sure that the bottom of your downpipe isn’t facing the property. If it is, just turn it around so that the water is coming out away from the exterior walls of your property.
If your property has a garden, then make sure that important or delicate objects are stored indoors or tied down. Strong winds and rain can cause damage to things like garden furniture and plant pots.
If your garden has trees or large bushes, make sure that you trim dead branches and remove them so that they don’t cause any damage, guttering blockage or mess from heavy gusts of wind or rain.
Single pane windows are not only fragile but are also a huge source of condensation.
Ensuring that you have double-glazed windows can lessen condensation and the impact of damp and mould. Ask your tenants to open the windows intermittently and have your heating on at a low setting for large parts of the day to combat condensation.
Winter will have an effect on your radiators simply because of how much they’re likely to be used. This is why it is advisable to maintain them, and you can do this by releasing the trapped air that eventually builds up in the radiators (i.e. “bleed the radiators”).
We hope this guide has been helpful in informing you on how to deal with property issues that can arise in winter.