Extreme weather conditions can wreak havoc with a property torrential rainfall, high winds and cold snaps – it’s all coming our way
Effective maintenance on our commercial or private property now could help you , keep common problems at bay.
The risks of weather-related damage
The most obvious causes of weather-related damage to your property are wind (including the impact of objects), rain, flood, snow, hail and sub-zero temperatures, which can result in:
- Structural damage, collapse
- Fallen trees, branches, utility poles
- Impact damage
- Ingress of water and damage
- Ice accumulations and dam creation on roofs/in gutters
- Frozen tanks and pipes
- Power failure, etc
10 simple steps to help safeguard your property from damage:
- Clean gutters and drainpipes
Clear leaves and debris from gutters and drainpipes to prevent blockages, overflows, flooding, water damage and associated mold.
- Check your roof for signs of damage
Carefully check your roof for signs of leaks or dislodged roof tiles. Autumn is a good time to hire a professional to carry out a roof and chimney inspection.
- Check your boiler and heating system
Make sure your heating is in good working order. Not only will this help prevent the risk of burst pipes, it will also help make sure your heating is working as efficiently as possible. If you haven’t had your boiler serviced this year – consider booking a qualified engineer as soon as possible. For properties with wood or multi-fuel burners or open fires, think about having a chimney sweep make sure the chimney and flue are clear.
- Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
Test all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to help keep your home and your family safe. It’s best to replace batteries annually to be sure. A good reminder is when daylight saving time ends in October.
- Prepare your lawn and driveway
Rake leaves, fertilise and aerate (spike) your lawn so you’re prepared when spring arrives. If you have any ditches or drainage channels crossing your drive, make sure these are clear and ready to take the extra rainfall that is likely.
- Store hoses & drain fuel from garden equipment
To prevent damage from freezing temperatures, remove hoses from outdoor taps, drain and store them indoors (for example, in a garage), making sure they’re coiled and flat. Empty fuel from lawn mowers and other petrol-driven garden tools as petrol can damage rubber parts if its left in the equipment.
- Stock up on wood
If you have a wood/log burner, make sure you have a good supply of seasoned wood in readiness for the colder weather.
- Check windows and doors
Assess all external doors and windows for worn seals. Self-adhesive draught tape is one of the most cost-effective methods of fixing any small worn areas. Make sure all glazed elements are secure and weather proofed.
- Make sure you know where your stopcock is
Knowing how and where to turn your mains water supply off in the event of an emergency is vital. Make sure you know where it is and it’s easy to turn on and off.
- Protect your property if you go away
Leave your heating on a timed setting or at a constant low-level temperature. If the property is to be left empty for an extended period of time, then it may be necessary to isolate the domestic water supply to act as a precaution and prevent any potential water release from occurring.
Keeping on top of these simple seasonal tasks can help you keep your property safe as we move from autumn to winter.