9th December 2022
Winter is here, and with freezing temperatures teamed with rising energy costs, we all want to ensure our homes are prepared for the cold months ahead. Here we look at issues to watch out for in winter and how to deal with them.
Frozen water expands, and when water gets into hairline cracks, it may cause the crack to grow or the brick to crumble. If this problem is ignored and becomes severe, it could even render the wall unstable and unsafe.
In extremely cold weather, water can freeze in the pipes. The expansion of the water could lead to burst pipes, which is a potentially severe issue. If frozen pipes go unnoticed, you may experience a leak or even a flood in your home. Signs that you may have frozen pipes include frost on the pipe's exterior, a crack or bulge in the pipe and reduced water flow. You must consult a plumber immediately if you notice any of these things.
Water blockages in guttering can freeze and lead to frozen gutters. Debris in gutters is a leading cause of this. The ice can weigh the gutter down and pull it away from the house. Poorly functioning gutters may cause rotten wood, water damage, roof damage and damp issues.
Cracks around doors, windows and vents often cause nasty draughts in the home. This will not only let the heat out but also waste energy. Cracks can lead to dampness, mould and leaks in the home, so they should not be ignored.
Dampness and Condensation
Moisture condenses in cold rooms, accumulating on walls and windows. This can create dampness, condensation and even mould. These issues are not only unpleasant, but they can also be damaging to your health and your home.
Now we know the warning signs to look out for, what can we do to reduce the risk of them occurring? Start by checking all internal and external walls for crumbling or cracks. Contact a builder if you find anything. Assess the guttering to ensure it is free-flowing and determine the cause of any draughts. It is also good practice to check your boiler is working correctly or get it serviced, as well as bleed your radiators at this time of year.
Contact TFK Surveyors on 0208 5999911.