The autumn months present an excellent opportunity to get on top of any niggly home maintenance tasks.
Here is a complete checklist for your autumn home upkeep.
Prevent Pipes from Freezing
There are two excellent preventative measures to keep your drains from freezing over the winter, each taking very little effort.
First, heat every room in the house throughout the autumn and winter. Understandably, many families choose only to heat the main rooms, such as the bedrooms and living area. However, this means that the pipes in the colder spaces can freeze, causing a tremendous amount of stress for your family. Keeping the entire property at a regulated temperature is much more beneficial for your plumbing system.
Secondly, ensure water runs from every tap each day. Those with large properties may neglect to use a bathroom for weeks or even months on end, which can cause pipes to freeze over the winter. Be sure to run warm water from each tap (including the bath) each day, just for a few minutes. This will ease the pressure on the pipes and help prevent freezing.
Bring The Outdoors In
Your garden furniture is more than likely fine to be left outside throughout the spring and summer months. It should be robust enough to withstand even the most unpredictable British summer, saving you the hassle of dragging it from the garage every weekend and evening.
However, as October approaches, you will need to store the furniture somewhere safe. Even the highest quality products will not withstand the cold temperatures and constant rainfall, and you may find yourself needing to purchase new as the spring months return. Use the opportunity to give the furniture a good scrub and return to the garage or cellar to be brought out as good as new in the new year.
Ensure large items that cannot be brought inside, such as a BBQ or hot tub, are adequately covered to protect them from the elements.
We all associate the autumn months with an influx of fallen leaves, and therefore regular raking is absolutely necessary.
Failure to do so will render the garden path a huge slip hazard, especially relevant for the cold mornings where ice and frost will be present. Additionally, the leaves will be unintentionally dragged into the home, creating a huge mess.
Bleeding your radiators will ensure that your home heating system is in top condition ahead of the colder months. In a traditional central heating system, the radiators are filled with water that is heated by a central boiler.
Often, air becomes trapped inside the radiator, which stops the water from circulating, meaning the home will not be heated efficiently. Bleeding the radiators ahead of winter means your family will be kept toasty and your energy bills as low as possible.
Check Smoke Alarms
Smoke alarms should be checked often, and adding this task to your regular autumn home maintenance checklist is a must.
Testing the smoke alarms takes less than a minute. Simply press the large button in the centre, and you should be met with an ear-piercing sound. If no sound leaves the device, it’s time to change the batteries.
Clear Out the Gutters
Most of us love the crunchy leaves and earthy tones associated with autumn, but the damage they can cause to our guttering is astronomical.
Leaves will quickly bind together with the heavy rainfall, causing significant blockages which can damage the whole plumbing system. So over the autumnal months, you should regularly take the time to clear the guttering – a preventative measure that can save you hours of stress later down the line.
Inspect The Roof
We recommend that all roofs should be inspected before the start of winter. Sagging in the roof can present huge problems when the dramatic rainfall inevitably arrives over the following months.
Pools of water and ice can damage the roof slates and even the joists of the home. Although the financial outlay of a roof inspection can seem significant, the expense it can prevent is astounding.
Defective pipes with cracks can cause a whole host of problems for your property. In the winter, these problems will escalate, with ice creating huge issues for your home, garden, and even neighbouring properties.
Drainage relining is the process of inserting another wall inside the drain to block any cracks. It means that you don’t have the stress and expense of replacing the drain altogether but have a plumbing system that works seamlessly.
Final Lawn Mow
Our gardens often take the brunt of the cold months, requiring some serious work at the first signs of spring. One of the best things you can do for your outdoor space is a thorough mow on a late dry day.
If your grass is particularly long, you will want to do this in stages. Otherwise, it will be too much for your lawnmower to handle. If your outdoor space is completely unruly, you may want to consider hiring professionals to take a once over the garden ahead of the winter months.
Ensure Outside Security Lights Are Working
Aside from the rain, snow, wind and low temperatures, another downside to winter is the dark evenings. You will find yourself heading home from social events, or even work in the pitch black, and so ensuring you have ample outside lighting is essential.
A chimney sweep at least once per year is vital if you’re lucky enough to have a working fireplace. It makes sense to schedule this in before the start of winter when the fire will undoubtedly get the most use.
A professional should carry this out, who will ensure that your chimney is in top condition.
How FS Drainage Can Help
Ensuring your plumbing is working effortlessly is a crucial element of your autumn home maintenance checklist.
From drainage unblocking to CCTV surveys, FS drainage are on hand to help. Contact our friendly team today on 0800 689 3497 or firstname.lastname@example.org.