Before we head towards winter, it is a good idea to spend some time looking at the state of our properties to make sure they are in a good enough condition to handle the cold, harsh weather of the season.
Here are some tips on how to resolve any problems left over from autumn in the upcoming weeks.
– Clear out gutters
The recent blistery winds means trees have dropped their leaves by the dozen, clogging up gutters all over the country. However, blocked-up gutters can lead to big problems in the long-run if water cannot flow down them easily, particularly as this season brings lots more rainfall with it too.
Therefore, it is essential to unblock gutters every so often, so all leaves and other debris are regularly removed.
– Look after gutters
As well as clearing out gutters, you should make sure they are still in good condition. As they are exposed to the elements all of the time and collect an untold amount of dirt and leaves, they are prone to wear and tear.
By getting them treated and brought back to life, you can protect them for much longer, ensuring they last several more years. Otherwise, their wear and tear could result in corrosion, meaning you would have to replace the guttering sooner than you expected to.
Commercial guttering coating will also give your building a face lift, helping it to look good without the state of your pipes letting you down.
– Chimney protection
Property owners that have buildings with working chimneys should also consider protecting them before the frost settles. Your tenants are likely to want to put on the fire when the temperature drops, but this could be dangerous if there is no cowl fitted to the chimney.
These act as a protection to prevent wind blowing smoke back down the chimneystack into the room, while they also stop birds and squirrels nesting in the chimney itself. In addition to this, they stop rain from entering, which could lead to damp patches in the top floors, causing more serious problems in the long-term.
– Fill in cracks
During the summer months, we often don’t realise if any damage occurs to a property as it is warm outside and the effects cannot be fully felt. However, it is important to check the building carefully to see if there are any defects, particularly looking out for cracks in the walls.
If you find any holes, it is important to fill these up as soon as possible, as they could not only cause cold air to leak into the structure of the property, but rainwater too.
It is easier to make these repairs before the cold, wet weather settles and you have complaints from tenants about draughts and damp to contend with.
– Bleed radiators
One of the simplest things to do that can make a big difference to those occupying the building is bleed the radiators. If they are colder at the top than the bottom, this means there is air trapped inside of them and they need to be bled.
By doing this, you will release the trapped air, which will mean the radiators can work more effectively in the future and heat the property more efficiently.