It may not feel like it but we’re in the heart of winter right now. The core of the beast, if you will and while people often think of winter as a jolly season filled with fun, it can be quite dangerous too. There might be storms, heavy snowfall, plenty of rain, windy nights and anything else the weather can think to throw at us. The best option here is obviously to wrap up warm, stay in doors and put on a good film until the weather passes. But while you do this, the elements will be taking shots at your home. Will the property that you own withstand the pressure? Can you avoid the damages and what should you do if your house is hit hard in a winter storm? You’ll find all of the answers right here. But, before we get into the fixes let’s look at the common problems that can affect your home in the season of chills.
Flooding Isn’t Fun
Has your home ever flooded. Usually, this will be due to a burst pipe or a plumbing problem. But on occasion in winter you can get cases of flooding because the rain just won’t let up. Instead it pours, eventually clogging up your soil and making your garden look like a soggy mess. You might think that a messy garden isn’t such a big deal and I certainly agree. Unfortunately, that mess represents a far greater problem that could be developing underneath the surface. This all depends on the density of your soil. If your soil is quite dense below, the water won’t drain away as it should. Instead it will build and build until it floods the surface of your garden. At that point, you could have litres of water pushing against the lower wall of your home. The first sign that you’ll get of this issue will be damp patches on the walls of the basement. If you’re unlucky you might even notice small puddles starting to grow on the floor. Again, it’s not a major concern as long as it stays in the basement. But you’d be surprised how quickly the issue can grow.
Don’t forget that water causes dampness and dampness can lead to rotting. Rotting in turn will attract bugs and beasties and before you know it your home is no longer a nice place to live. There are two options you can take here. Either you can tackle the issue by altering the interior of your home or the exterior. If you opt to alter the exterior you’ll be looking at installing a permeable solution underneath your front and back yard. This will ensure water drains as it should and doesn’t build against your home.
You can also consider getting a water pump for your basement or a humidifier. It depends how severe the issue is. You might have guessed that the difference here is price. If you have more to spend it’s always best to choose the exterior solution. Getting a water pump is effectively covering the problem with a band-aid.
A Holey Roof
How often do you check the roof of your home? If the answer is as little as possible, you might find that there is already a hole in the roof of your home. Believe it or not, the first time people notice there’s a hole in their roof is when water starts dripping through the ceiling. By this point, the damage will already be quite severe and you’ll be looking at an expensive repair. That’s why it’s always best to get your roof inspected after a big storm. Or, just head up into the attic yourself. Have a nose around and make sure there’s no patches of light shining through where there shouldn’t be.
Again, a hole in the roof can lead to other problems if it’s not dealt with like damp and mold. The best, horror scenario though would be a bird flying in through the hole and nesting in your attic. Birds love shelter in the winter so if you have a hole in your roof you might get a whole family of them. Or worse, a bat! You might be wondering how much a roof repair will cost for this type of damage. Well, you can find out from Ferguson Roofing or a similar company. In fact, it’s best to compare quotes and prices between a number of specialists. That way you can make sure you’re getting the best service for your money.
Alone In The Dark
One of the things that I personally hate the most about these months of winter weather is power outages. It could be snow, heavy rain or even a large gust of wind that knocks out the power. It doesn’t matter. They all leave you stumbling around in the dark, searching for a candle like a Victorian time traveler. Obviously, it’s not possible to prevent a power outage. However, what you can do is make sure you’re prepared for the outcome. I always have a fully charged electric lantern by my bed and I recommend that you do the same. You might also want to stock up on candles and you can even take things one step further. You can get an emergency power supply for your home. While expensive, a supply like this can even make sure that your lights stay on through a power cut. How cool is that? It certainly beats spending an evening in the pitch black with a cold dinner doesn’t it? You can have a look online for solutions like this.
I hope I’ve helped you prepare for the worst events that winter weather can bring. My final tips would be to make sure that you’re keeping your cars tucked up safe and sound in the garage over the winter season. You’d be amazed the damage even the lightest sprinkling of frost can do to a vehicle. So, you certainly don’t want to leave it out when the snow is falling like a large white, wooly blanket over the world.
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