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If you’re someone who’s had a bit of a bad winter, and you’ve got the feeling that someone has broken down in your house as a result, now’s the time to give your home the once over. After all, we’re in the middle of winter currently, and spring’s on its way, and you’re going to need a fully functioning four walls around you to make sure the new year comes in right as rain! So here’s a couple of the most crucial house systems in your house that could do with a check as soon as you can manage.
Frozen leaves can cause a lot of problems for your roof alone! (Image)
Are Your Drains and Guttering Blocked?
The drains and guttering around your house are pretty crucial to how well your house looks, works, and smells. The last point alone is enough to kick anyone into action – you don’t want to be stunk out of house and home by a leak or a breakage in the gutter that drains rotten leaves and stale water away! And just think about what might happen if the drain in your backyard freezes and blocks up…
So you’re going to want to book yourself a plumbing inspection quite sharpish. Of course, you probably don’t need to Unblock and repair all drains around your property, but there’s always a good chance one of the pipes in the bathroom or the drain right at the back of your garden has had too much to cope with over this winter period.
Are Your Doors Shutting and Locking Properly?
If the weather where you live is pretty cold compared to the average winter temperatures around the rest of the world, you’re going to need to make sure the security systems that keep your house safe are still working properly. After all, the colder it is, the more likely there is to be a freeze, and your doors don’t get to miss out on that!
No matter what material they’re made out of, whether it be wood or metal, the cold temperatures are going to make the materials expand. They’ll freeze in place, slightly bigger than they were before, and it’s going to be hard to open and close the door properly. And not only that, but the locks will freeze the same way, and start to stick – this can mean the door won’t lock at all the next time you close it! You’re going to want to get some grease of your choice and apply it to both the locks and latches on your door, maybe once a week if you notice more and more resistance.
Got an Eye on Your House?
If you’re a homeowner, you’re going to know when something has gone wrong. And remember, there’s quite a few systems in your house that can take a beating during extreme temperatures, and now’s a great time to make sure you’ve got all the resources at the ready to take care of them for the future.