10 top tips on how to maintain your home this winter

As part of our support for maintenance week and to help homeowners to keep on top of potential problems over the course of the winter, we’ve pulled together these 10 top tips that you can do to maintain your home this winter.

To find out more, check out our tips below!

1) Air quality

Good air quality makes for a pleasant living environment, and with Covid-19, effective ventilation is more important than ever. Winter is a time when air becomes more laden with water, meaning that issues such as condensation, and even damp and mould, can take hold. Ventilation fans and air management systems are an important method in tackling this, so make sure service and repairs are up-to-date and the correct equipment specified for your property’s needs.

2) Ductworks

An often overlooked area of ventilation is the servicing and cleaning of ducts. This is vital work for systems to work effectively.

3) Check trickle vents

Tucked out of sight, trickle vents above windows provide a vital means of maintaining airflow. Check they are free of debris and the holes are lined up to the grid bar for maximum efficiency.

4) Protect woodwork

If external timber rots or degrades, it can mean specialist repairs or even replacement is needed. To protect the timber against water and frost, ensure the wood is coated with a protective finish.

5) Watch chimney flashings

Water can stream into your home, cause damp, damage wallpaper, and other coatings which can be very unpleasant. The water can enter your home if your lead flashings joint at the chimney are not properly sealed. Be sure to keep an eye on your chimney flashings.

6) Look after your roof

Look after your roof by ensuring that any cracked or slipped tiles are dealt with. If the situation is not addressed, then water has an easy route into your home. If there is no secondary underfelt, then the problem can be particularly damaging.

7) Check gutters and downpipes

Gutters and downpipes need to be properly maintained to ensure water has a quick escape route from your home. Even a small blockage can cause problems. Make sure your drains are free from moss, leaves and debris, and check the entire system is properly connected with no faulty joints.

8) Pay attention to pointing and rendering

If damaged, loose or eroded. this can provide a way for water to enter your home, particularly when it rains. Pay attention to the weather-prevailing side of your home.

9) Check window and doorway openings

Check the sealing between the frames and masonry as it can deteriorate, providing an area where rain can enter.

10) Clear your drains

Gulleys and drains need to be able to let water flow. If water cannot escape, due to leaves and other debris, then flooding can occur, particularly during heaving downpours.

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