The cold is settling in and the winter months draw near. For some people, this is something to celebrate. Many people adore being able to get snuggled up with their loved ones with a hot drink under a blanket while others are still crying over the loss of their swimsuits and sunbathing opportunities. No matter what your opinion on the cold weather is, there’s one thing that no one can deny: the cold weather can wreak havoc on your home if you’re not careful. There are plenty of things that can go wrong with your home in the cold that you might not have even thought about for the rest of the year. In order to prevent disaster, here are a few things that can happen to your home when the temperature drops.
During the summer months, it’s easy to forget that your drains are even there. After all, months and months of wonderfully dry weather renders them pointless. The problem is that this dry weather can be the start of some major issues. When the leaves start falling, then they’re going to fill up the drains pretty quickly. This isn’t going to be too much of an issue until the time comes when the rain starts falling and the whole thing gets totally gummed up. The best thing to do is to clear out the drains before the cold weather sets in, but if they do end up blocked, then there are plenty of drain services that you can hire to deal with them. If you don’t, you could end up with serious flooding and damage to your home that can be a nightmare to deal with.
Running water is one of those things that we all take somewhat for granted. And that’s a mistake because it means that, if something happens to your water supply, you’re going to be completely and totally unprepared. When the weather turns cold, it can often freeze the water in your pipes. When water freezes, it expands. This expansion bursts the pipes. It hardly takes a genius to figure out what happens when that water melts again. Suffice to say, unless you want to go swimming in your kitchen, it’s not ideal! The best thing to do is to heat your pipes regularly and keep the water moving so that it doesn’t have the chance to freeze at all.
Damp and mould
There are plenty of homes that feel absolutely perfect during the summer that are totally ill-equipped to deal with the winter months. Make sure that your home doesn’t fall victim to the sheer amounts of damp that can accumulate when the weather turns cold. If you ignore damp in your home, then you’re creating the perfect environment for mould to start to appear. Not only can it cause serious structural damage to your home, but it can even lead to certain health risks as well.
Of course, the very best thing that you can do is to plan ahead and make sure that these things don’t happen in the first place. But at least you now know that, if any of them happen to slip under the radar, there are always things that you can do and that they don’t spell complete and total disaster for your home.
Stay safe over the winter period people… @dadvworld
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