Now that Autumn has officially arrived, and the weather is getting colder, its time to prepare your home for the worse of the weather yet to come. After all, surely its better to tackle these issues early, rather experience the consequences during the winter. As a result, this is our guide to Autumn maintenance checks, here at Gilston Building Services.
1. Check your brickwork for stains or discolouration
If you notice any stained brickwork, then its time to call a building expert. Staining on your brickwork is usually caused by leaking downpipes. Don’t believe us? Just wait till it rains and then inspect your downpipes. If they are the source of the discolouration, you will see water leaking from the joints. Over time, if this continues, it can lead to damp. So dont wait until the winter hits, make sure you fix it early.
2. Check your gutters
The next thing to do is to see if your gutters are carrying water away from your walls. Any sagging or gaps can lead to serious issues. Make sure you replace any damaged or broken sections as soon as possible, before more rain. If you are not sure how, contact a building expert to take a look.
3. Check your brickwork for signs of frost damage
Moisture that gets trapped in gaps in your brickwork, can freeze. As it freezes it will also expand, and shatter the brickwork surrounding it. This will lead to holes being left in the brickwork, and then with the next frost, these will just keep increasing in size. As a result, now is a good time to check for frost damage, and get in touch with the professionals to find out how to deal with this.
For more information or advice about how to tackle any of the issues listed above, get in touch with the experts today, here at Gilston Building Services.