Every season, there are certain jobs which should be done in preparation for the weather conditions ahead. Prevention is always the best cure and the most cost effective way to avoid problems is to undertake a programme of planned property maintenance. Planned maintenance is effective in reducing any disruption and makes budget planning more efficient. For example; regular roof and gutter clearance can avoid blockages that may result in water damage to valuable stock and expensive redecorations. It is also worth remembering that research has shown a well maintained property is less likely to be targeted by vandals and criminals.
As summer turns to autumn, it is time to deal with exterior jobs in preparation for the long winter months. Decorative work should be finished before the atmosphere becomes damp and cold so consider any external painting or signage work. Other areas to consider this Autumn are detailed below.
Gutters, Rainwater Pipes and Drainage
Gutters and rainwater pipes need to be cleared of leaves and other debris for heavy rain and/or snow falls. Blockages can cause leaks or broken pipes. Signs of blockage may be most obvious during heavy rains but stains on walls and plant growth provide clues. Underground drainage should also be checked and rodded out if they overflow in heavy rains.
Now is a good time to have a detailed roof inspection. Dislodged or damaged roof coverings should be repaired or replaced before damage occurs to roof timbers or plaster ceilings and to prevent leaks. Moss on roofs can cause blockages in your gutters or down pipes and should be removed.
As the hours of daylight slowly reduce, think about your exterior lighting. Is it all working? Does it need to be repaired or replaced? Is it adequate for the dark winter nights? Think particularly about areas prone to icy patches, staircases, car parks and alleys.