The most important function of the home is to give you a roof over your head and a place to sleep that isn’t exposed to the elements. However, just a few vulnerabilities in the all-important barrier between you and the great outdoors is all it takes for the rain, wind, and cold to dominate the home and perhaps even destroy it for the inside. Now, before the weather really starts to take a turn for the worst, is the time to ensure that your home is still capable of keeping you safe.
Your heating system is, naturally, the most important part of keeping your home warm. An annual inspection of the boiler and HVAC systems is essential before you have to start relying on it a lot more often. Besides potential repairs to make, you might be able to spot parts that can be upgraded so that the home can heat up with less of an impact on your wallet. It’s also worth looking into making changes to the home to make it more energy efficient so you can mitigate some of the added costs to your energy bills. You can cut some of the bills by relying on more local heating options like an old-fashioned wood burner for the lounge, as well.
If you experience strong winds in your area, then it’s essential that you get your roof looked at before it picks up. Warped and cracked tiles can easily be damaged more extensive by the wind, whether it’s due to debris causing cracks to grow larger or the wind applying pressure to curved tiles until they simply fly off. This makes the home more vulnerable not just to the wind but to the rain, letting mold and leaks spread down from the attic. Getting in touch with a company to repair roof leaks as soon as you see any signs of them is crucial. The longer you leak a faulty roof to its own devices, the more likely it is that water will get trapped in the walls, making for much more costly repairs. Don’t forget to check the home for air leaks, too.
The roof isn’t the only concern as far as rain damage is concerned. You might need to look slightly lower to the gutters, as well. Dirt and organic debris from trees, leaves, and twigs can build up, thanks to the wind. When the gutter is blocked, the water that gathers in it finds another route to take, most often the tiniest vulnerability in your home’s exterior. Besides cleaning out the gutters, now is the perfect time to tidy the garden up. The fewer leaves, twigs, and other natural debris, the smaller your chances of having your gutters blocked.
The home is ever prone to wear and tear, and unseen damage, so making these checks every year is essential. The cost of tidying the garden making sure the roof isn’t compromised is a lot smaller than the costs of repairing major water damage.