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Winter Home Maintenance Tips

We all want our homes to keep us safe and dry through the wet and wild weather and with winter fast approaching, there are a few key items around the home to have a look at to make sure it will do just that.

Some simple home maintenance tasks ahead of winter can help look after your property through winter and in the long run.

Firstly, if you haven’t done so already this year, test your smoke alarms to make sure they are working. Winter can present a risk of internal fires with heaters, electric blankets and other small appliances running for longer, and checking your smoke alarm is working can save lives.

Checking and cleaning up any drainage systems around the house can prevent water from building up and flooding back into your home. Check any cut-off drains (such as a strip drain in front of your garage) are clear of leaf litter or sandy build-up so they can move water away.

Check external and downpipe drains are not covered and, where you can, check they are not full of build-up either. If you have noticed anything that looks a like a leak, now is a good time to get it looked at. Water leaks can get progressively worse and start to impact on floorings, fixtures, and furniture, so getting on top of them early is important. Signs can be discolouration of your ceiling, marking of walls or mould build-up in an area.

The source of leaks can be hard to detect, so getting some help to do so can be valuable. You also need to be careful if you are considering getting into a roof space – turn the power off to the whole house and take care on ceiling joists. Therefore, it’s best to leave it to the professionals.

During winter it’s important to keep air moving around your home. The cold air outside can cause condensation on the windows and walls if ventilation is not adequate. Opening windows is a critical part of ventilating spaces and keeps the building healthy, even if there is a bit of cold air coming in. Using fans on winter settings can also help to keep air moving.

Finally, there is that pesky task of cleaning your gutters. Clear gutters move the water away effectively and prevent rainwater from backing up into your eaves – or worse – into your home. Cleaning them regularly can limit corrosion of the gutter itself and keep your home looking sharper for longer. Once again this is a job best left to the professionals.

For all your winter home maintenance needs, give us a call at All Group WA, we have the experience to tackle all jobs big or small. #allgroupwa


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