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Winter has come around once again, and the importance of looking after your home and its contents cannot be understated. There are many different standard practices and ways to ensure that you’re not caught cold during the icy grip of winter. Throughout our guide, we’ll highlight some of these routines whilst providing you know some common hazards that can pose a risk to your home.
Different Types of Hazards
We want to highlight some potential risks and hazards that homeowners should consider to prepare for the winter months. These routines and common practices may seem small; however, they make a significant difference in protecting your home.
We all know that storms can cause many problems to your home and outside possessions, with strong winds and heavy rainfall becoming a headache for many homeowners. On top of this, wayward debris can become an ongoing problem for your building.
If it’s safe to do so, we recommend removing any tree branches or other potential objects that might impact your building. It’s better to be safe than sorry – don’t hesitate to call experts to aid you should the item pose a potential risk to your property. Ensuring that your roof and windows are intact can make all the difference in protecting your building.
Flooding and Escape of Water
Rainfall, ice, and snow are often accompanied by the enhanced chance of flooding and escape of water, which can be devasting for policyholders. Therefore, we recommend checking your external pipework regularly to check for any potential leakages.
According to Welsh Water, signs of a leaky pipe may come in the form of the following:
Winter comes hand in hand with the increased risk of water damage to your home due to heightened rainfall and frost, along with strong winds and harsh weather conditions testing your property’s integrity. Certain features of your house may be affected more than others, such as pipes, toilets, showers, and baths.
Checking in with your plumber or local water authority can help reduce the chances of water leakage and damage. Hiring a professional to assess the age of your pipes can ensure that your water features throughout the home are up to scratch without corrosion and rust.
Impact on Buildings
Substantial snowfall can weigh a lot more than homeowners might expect, which strains areas of your building, such as the roof. In addition, as the weather gets colder, this snow can freeze and compress, becoming much heavier. When this snow melts, the water residue can sink through gaps in your property’s structure, which will need to be addressed to prevent further risk of damage.
Collapsing and fracturing structures can cause many headaches for homeowners across the country, which is worsened by declining weather conditions. Drainage systems, like drainpipes, can also be affected because of heavy snow – increasing the risk of damage to your home.
Clearing your gutters can significantly reduce the risk of debris and snow building up in your drainage systems, avoiding any potential headaches later down the line. Debris can include anything from general dirt and similar elements to leaves and sticks. If you have a tree close to your roof, then it’s likely that some of these might make an appearance from time to time, especially after autumn, so it’s good to address this in the early winter months.
Roofs should be checked twice a year and maintained when necessary to ensure the structure is undamaged. The linings of your home can degrade and begin to thin over time, which can cause leaks. If your building is an older build, then it’s worth checking the structural integrity of your property to make repairs where suitable.
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