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How to Protect Your Home From the Elements

One thing you can’t control, as much as you’d like to, is the weather. And the weather has as much regard for the longevity of your home as it does for your summer barbecue – none at all. In order to ensure your home is properly protected against tumultuous weather, you have to take a number of precautions.

Weatherproofing the exterior of your home
One of the most time-consuming and arduous tasks you can possibly undertake is to paint the exterior of your home. Because it is such a drastic undertaking, you want to be more than certain it will stand the test of time. The colour you elect to use is irrelevant; the one constant should be the use of weatherproof paint. No matter how turbulent the weather is, your paintwork will hold up and retain its original quality for years and years. Lashing rain and the expansion and contraction of onion-skin weathering will both be equally as ineffectual against the might of weatherproof paint.

Preventing frozen/burst pipes
When the cold weather rolls around, frozen pipes can be an absolute plague. There is nothing worse than coming home from a holiday to discover frozen or burst pipes. Unfortunately, it is one of, if not the most, common time for frozen or burst pipes to come about. When you aren’t at home every day, there’s no need to put the heating on. Yet it is this regular heating that helps to thaw the ice that would otherwise accumulate in pipes. There are ways of preventing it though, and investing in lagging material is probably the most straightforward. By insulating the pipes properly, they can better conserve heat and pose less risk of freezing and bursting.

Inviting water into your gutters and drains
While the UK doesn’t suffer from the extremes of temperature that other parts of the world do, we do get more than our fair share of rain. For that reason, the most pressing threat to UK households is flooding. And there is nothing that can more quickly turn rain into a flood than sub-par drainage. Ensuring your gutters aren’t blocked is a menial but nevertheless vitally important task. Similarly, ground drains should be clear of any pesky obstructing leaves.

Keeping water out of your home
Although you should be focused on inviting water into your gutters and drains, you also want to be focused on keeping water out of your home. Anything from major structural deficiencies to slowly deteriorating mortar can cause water to seep into your home. It may be worth getting a professional to conduct a moisture survey so your home is assessed thoroughly and any vulnerabilities can be identified. Solutions can vary from injecting a chemical damp proof course, to merely adding an extra layer of render to the exterior of your home.

The importance of securing roof tiles
In a maelstrom of wind, loose roof tiles are the first to fall. As an isolated issue, it is not an altogether disastrous issue – they can be replaced relatively painlessly. It is where they fall that dictates the severity of the problem. With a bit of bad luck, they can shatter a car window or skylight – and that it is why it so important to secure roof tiles.

Vicky is a single mother, a blogger, a podcaster and a social media trainer. You can find her blogging, business and social media tips at VickyCharles.com.

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