As we know, winter in Australia is accompanied by harsh storms and heavy rain making it essential to winter-proof your homes. So, how to winterise your home? How can you keep your home safe and warm in winters to come back to from the freezing cold? Winterising includes a few simple steps to ensure your property is ready to handle the cold and harsh wintertime. Here are a few tips from our maintenance experts in Perth.
Check your soakwells
Dealing with the heavy rain and severe storms of Australian winters can be a real challenge. The water from downpipes on residential properties should be efficiently regulated so they don’t pour out into your neighbour’s property or the street. Soakwells can solve the problem.
So what exactly does soakwell do? During rain, the water from gutters and downpipes reaches the soakwells. It lets the rainwater slowly seep into the soil and enter the water table.
Soakwells are essential since it helps to achieve the legal requirement of WA, which states that stormwater run-off must effectively be controlled and remain within your property’s boundary.
If soakwells are damaged, it can lead to:
- Wood decay
- Soil erosion
- Subsidence of building foundations
- Dampness on walls and flooring
Ensuring the soakwells are working well can save both you and your property from unnecessary damages and expenses.
Clean your gutter
Clearing the gutter is another essential step to winterise your home. This is because clogged gutters can block rain drainage leading to household leaks and damage to infrastructures. So, check your gutters and clear them of any debris or fallen leaves. Also, ensure to clean and check the downpipes for leaks.
Maintenance check of flashing
Flashing is a sheet of thin, waterproof material used to seal water penetration or leakage into a building. There are many types of flashing, including cap flashing, that are installed above windows and doors. Roof flashing is placed around intersections to prevent rainwater
from accumulating etc.
Any damage in flashing can lead to leaks making it very crucial to conduct a maintenance check. It’s always wise to repair your flashing if it shows indications of impairment.
Check air vents and filters
Clean the dust and allergens that are accumulated in the air vents and filters. This will help you save money on heating and also keep your family safe. Also, ensure your heating system is working properly since it plays a vital role in keeping your home heated during the winter.
Check windows and doors
Ensure your windows and doors don’t have gaps from where the chilly air can enter your home. Also, ensure the doors and windows can be closed properly. Get any repairs and maintenance done to keep the heat from leaking out.
Storms and disasters come unexpectedly; hence it always wise to be prepared for the worst scenarios. Ensure your emergency kit has all the necessary items like a first-aid kit, batteries, candles, lighters, battery-powered radio, extra blankets, etc.
These are some of the steps to winterise your home and help you face the harsh weather. Do you need help with home maintenance for your Perth property? Speak to us now at 1300 790 166 or reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org to speak to our property maintenance experts.