The bad weather can do a lot of damage to your home so it’s important that you keep on top of maintenance. Unfortunately, a lot of homeowners are unaware of the potential problems that they will face and they are unprepared to deal with a lot of the big maintenance issues that they experience during bad weather. These are some of the home maintenance disasters that you need to be ready for during the wet season.
As the temperature drops, there is a chance that your pipes may freeze. Even if that doesn’t happen, you are using your heating more often so there is generally more strain on your plumbing systems, which means that the chance of leaks and burst pipes is much higher. A severe leak can do a lot of damage to your home, especially if you don’t contain it right away, so it’s vital that you are prepared. Firstly, find the water shut off valve for your home if you don’t already know where it is. If you can switch the water off as soon as you notice a leak, you will avoid a lot of expensive water damage. You also need the number of a good emergency plumber to hand so you can call them in right away to fix the pipes and prevent more damage. It’s so important that you act quickly when you have a burst pipe because, if you don’t, you will end up spending a lot of money fixing the water damage in your home.
Pests are an issue all year round, but when the rainy season comes, you need to be more careful. All of the pests are looking for a warm, dry place to hide and your home is just perfect for that. So, make sure that you take measures to keep them out, like repairing any damage to windows and screens and keeping on top of rubbish that might attract rats. You should also watch out for any tell-tale signs of pests, like chewed skirting boards and wires or any droppings. As soon as you spot any of these signs, call a pest control company right away before the problem gets out of hand.
Heavy rain and harsh winds can easily do damage to your roof and if it goes unnoticed, water will leak through the house and cause damp problems throughout. The good news is, minor roof damage is easily fixed if you catch it early enough. That’s why it’s important to get up on the roof and check for any loose or broken tiles on a regular basis. If you can patch those small holes straight away, you can avoid bigger problems further down the line. But if you leave them, the heavy rain will only make those holes bigger and that’s when you will need to call in a professional roofer to fix it for you, which is going to get incredibly expensive.
If you are not prepared for these maintenance disasters during the wet season, you could end up doing a lot of damage to your home.