Inspect your roof – Don’t wait for a damp patch on the ceiling to check your roof, Gary Walpole technical manager at the national Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) said “Check inside the loft for leaks, see if any daylight is coming in through the roof or around the chimney.” When outside you should look for cracked, slipped or missing tiles, replace these quickly so that more damage doesn’t occur, by replacing the damaged tiles it will stop leaks and prevent more tiles from being dislodged.
On flat roofs uneven lumps, standing water or splits around the edges are red lights!
Drones – Hiring a drone can save you thousands of pounds, this is because you can hire a drone to take a video of your roof and this video will highlight any cracks, loose tiles and general damage. You can then send this video to as many roofers as you may wish and they can give an accurate quote rather than just guessing. Using a drone will save you money on scaffolding costs which can also cost up to £2000 to put up and that would be to just get a quote.
Close chimneys and lofts – To stop heat from escaping up the chimney you can buy a felted wool chimney sheep to help prevent this from happening. You can also purchase an insulated loft hatch to keep the heat in.
Test the heating – Boilers should be serviced annually and radiators bled.
Stock up on fuel – Logs that you use in the wood burner should be at least one year old: oak, ash and chestnut are best. Also, you need to make sure that the wood you are using is dry. Chimneys and wood burners need to be swept regularly and make sure that that an open fire is covered by insurance. Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
Don’t forget – The barbecue. Cover or put it away to prevent rust and do the same with garden furniture but before that try rubbing them with olive oil. Also, garden hoses should be stored indoors over the winter.
Information taken from The Sunday Times October 21 2018, Property Supplement.