Guttering and rainwater goods – Guttering can become broken, damaged, blocked or disconnected over time. Damage to guttering will invariably lead to damp related problems of some time, for example penetrating damp. Making sure the rainwater goods are in good order will help keep those damp problems away!
Gullies – Gullies and drains should be kept clear of debris, such as leaves, to ensure water enters the drainage system with minimal fuss.
External Pipework – Check that any external pipes are lagged. In the colder months this will prevent freezing and bursting of pipes.
External Paint Work – Any paintwork that is exposed to the elements should be checked to make sure there is no flaking or cracking. Flaking and cracking of the paint is a sign that water has penetrated the timber beneath and has started to attack the wood.
External Pointing – Check pointing for signs of cracks. Any cracks if left untreated can allow water to penetrate which can lead to issues with dampness.
Air bricks – Air bricks should be checked to make sure they are clear as they provide a flow of fresh air in the property (for example into the sub floor void area) Blocking air bricks can cause potential problems with damp in the future.
Windows – Carry out any maintenance that is required on windows (wooden and UPVC windows).
External Lighting – Check that external bulbs are all working in preparation for the darker nights.
Draught Excluders – Check any draught exclusion devices to make sure they are fitted and working to help save money on fuel bills as the colder weather comes in.
Garden fencing – Check garden fences for any potential sign of weakness – for example the posts which may be vulnerable in strong winds. Fences may also require a coat of wood preserver to help protect them from the elements.
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