As we approach the winter season, it is timely to consider some simple preparation for our homes, to make sure that we remain warm, comfortable and cosy throughout the winter.
Clear leaves and other dirt from all of your gutters. This will prevent water from backing up and overflowing and causing water damage to parts of your property.
It is a good idea to get a professional assessment on your roof periodically. Leaks in the roof may not always be noticeable from inside the house, and may be just enough to cause rotten timbers and damp inside the roof space.
Cold weather can make mould and damp problems worse. Look for mould in areas that are dark, like the ceilings in the bathroom, particularly over the shower cubicle, and also walk-in wardrobes or pantries, under-stair storage areas. If you detect mould, get an expert in to help you treat the mould and identify the cause.
Prevent dampness inside your home by avoiding drying clothes inside, or at least only in a well ventilated room. In bathrooms, open the windows after showering or bathing, allowing the steam to clear.
If you have a mould problem, consider buying a desiccant dehumidifier, which will remove humidity from the air even in the cold winter months. An added benefit is that it can double up as a heater as it will produce heat as part of the dehumidification process.
If you insulate your roof well, then you will go a long way towards ensuring that your home is cool in summer and warmer in winter.
Use a door snake on the gaps at the bottom of external doors.
If you have sub-floors, the joists and bearings could rot with moisture. You need to make sure that this area of your home is well ventilated, and that there is no water entering the house.
Seal any gaps around your windows and doors to prevent water and cold winter drafts coming in to the house.
A good coat of paint on the exterior of your home will guard against winter damage and prevent problems which might otherwise be caused by wet conditions, like mould and mildew.
If you leave your wooden windows un-protected and exposed to winter conditions, over time the wood will dry and split, and any repairs will be costly.
Hopefully you will find these tips helpful and you will have a cosier and healthier home this winter.