The weather may be warm and sunny right now, but winter will be here before you know it! There aren’t that many weeks left until the seasons change. Using the good weather to your advantage can help you prepare your home for whatever weather winter may bring. So why not start now, and see how much you can do before that next shower of rain.
When it has been warm for a few days, any sudden downpours can cause flash flooding. This is because the earth is so dry that the rain sits on the surface instead of draining away. Then, with heavy rainfall the drainage systems can become overwhelmed. You can do a lot to prevent your property suffering the effects of a heavy downpour after warm weather.
Start by clearing all the window frames and gutters. Birds love to find spiders and other insect treats, but that often means they’re dropping debris in your gutter. If the water overflows rather than heading for the downpipe, your brickwork may become saturated. This can lead to mould and mildew building up inside your house on the other side of that wall. While you are clearing them, you can also check for cracks and breaks that may lead to the same kind of problem.
Your external drains may also be in need of an end of season clearout. Leaves and other debris can build up in there, especially when there are cobwebs to trap them. Make sure there is nothing preventing good drainage around your property. If you have paved over lawn areas at the front, side or rear, you may need to double check all the new drainage systems installed. They won’t all flow as rapidly as the one at the bottom of your guttering downpipe.
It may be hard to imagine feeling cold right now, but the temperature will plummet in just a few short weeks. Make sure your central heating system is up to the challenge of a cold winter. A reputable gas engineer can service your boiler and the entire system. It may take just an hour or so to ensure it runs smoothly whatever the weather. This will make sure your hot water stays hot, and your radiators are as efficient as they can be. Most importantly, it will give you peace of mind. You’ll know your gas boiler is not leaking harmful carbon monoxide. That can endanger your family’s lives.
Clear out your shed and garage while it’s dry. It saves you the hassle of finding shelter for all the bits and bobs you pull out of it. When it comes to packing away your patio furniture at the end of the season, you’ll be glad for the extra space you can create with a good tidy up. Inside the house, you may want to clear out old clutter and dated fashions to make way for Christmas and New Year sales. Starting early saves you a headache when you have extra family over for the holidays too. Finally, make the most of a few days of dry weather and get that painting done.