Now that winter has arrived, it is a good idea for home owners and landlords to check over their property and make sure it is fully weatherproof. From frozen pipes, to cracks in the rendering or brick work, winter weather can have a serious impact on buildings, including your home. Here at Gilston Building Services, we are building experts. From driveways and brickwork, to roofs and gutters, we provide a range of top quality, effective building services. As a result, we have produced this guide to help you weatherproof your home for winter.
Weatherproof your home for winter
There are a number of steps you should take to weatherproof your home for winter. These include:
- Fill in any exterior rendering cracks- While having this professionally repaired is the best options, even a temporary solution will be better than leaving a crack in your external render. This is because if water gets into the crack, and freezes, the force will expand the crack, and it will get bigger and bigger. This leaves more of your brickwork open to the elements.
- Protect external pipework- Frozen and burst pipes can result in no hot water, or no heating. Which can be a nightmare that nobody wants to deal with over the colder months. It can also cause water damage to brickwork and pointing, so you should also fix any leaks.
- Empty your gutters- if you didnt follow our autumn maintenance guide, and remove the leaves from your gutters, you really should do it now. Leaving the leaves in the gutters can cause them to freeze and cause blockages in your pipes. This makes the water gush over the top of the gutter, and causes water damage to your home or property.
For more information or for professional building repairs or maintenance, get in touch with the experts today, here at Giltson Building Services.