Home maintenance: Getting geared for winter

The winter season is not just hard on us, it is also hard on our homes - but with some elbow grease and these winter home maintenance tips you can ensure you aren’t caught off guard when the cold hits.

Here are our top 5 things to do before winter:

Check the roof

Roof maintenance should ideally always be done before the rainy season to ensure minimal damage occurs when there is a leak of some sorts.
Make sure there aren’t any loose, damaged or missing shingles that need to be replaced. Also check and repair breaks in the flashing seals in the areas surrounding chimneys or vent stacks.

Always practice safety first when working on the roof

Cleaning the gutters

While you are on the roof you have to get stuck into this dirty job

If your gutters get too clogged with leaves and other debris, rainwater can build up and cause damage to your roof and the sides of the house. Be sure to have them cleaned out before the winter rainy season arrives.

While you’re inspecting your gutters, keep an eye out for missing or damaged gutter sections and have them repaired.

Perfect windows and doors

Check your window and door frames for gaps.

Not only are you ensuring that they are in good condition when checking for gaps, you are also going to save yourself money on your electricity bill as a cold draught won’t hamper your efforts at warming your home.

If there are any gaps between siding and the frame larger than a R1 coin, you will need to apply sealant or silicone to fill them. Silicone is useful in that it doesn’t shrink in size once dry and it’s element-resistant.

Go ahead and check the condition of the window-glazing putty which helps seal the window glass into the frame itself.

Manage mould and damp

If you have damp and mould damage there might be a bigger problem at hand and it is vital that you deal with it quickly. 

This is not just maintenance but also a health issue as some moulds can have serious health implications. 

Do a property walkabout and inspect your exterior walls, foundations, windows and roof. If you notice the early onset of damp and mould, it’s usually possible to clean and manage it yourself.

If your damp is severe it is always better to call in the experts to ensure that it is dealt with properly. 

Fireplace clean-up

Before the winter nights get too cold make sure you clean your fireplace.

Check all the chimneys for buildup or debris that might cause a blockage, clean the firebox of any ashes, dirt, or debris that might have accumulated during months of nonuse. This simple fireplace cleaning will remove any detritus that could prove a fire hazard. 

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