The winter months can be hard on the home. The dropping temperatures and icy conditions have the ability to wreak havoc on the property’s structure, fittings and systems. It is important that if you have the sneaking suspicion that your Adelaide home is susceptible to the damage caused by winter’s wrath that you have the property thoroughly inspected.
You want to ensure your home is able to stand up to the intensity of winter, and there are certain aspects of the property you should be keeping a keen eye on.
Key Areas to Focus On
There are five key areas of the home that building inspections for Adelaide homes should focus on. This includes:
• Footpaths, walkways and driveways
It is important that you have your roof checked for the winter months before any potential problems can become exacerbated. A qualified building inspections professional will be able to see any potential leaks and other damage before any winter storms can further the damage.
You should regularly check and clean your gutters to ensure there is no water build up against your home when the gutters are filled. If your gutters are clogged, it can potentially cause damage to the whole roofing structure, as well as the siding and wood trim. It’s also a good idea to install extensions to your downspouts so that any excess water can run a few feet away from the foundation.
If you have loose sidings in your home, there is the potential for excess moisture to find its way inside. This can lead to pests having an easy route to enter your home. Building inspections experts can use infra-red technology on your Adelaide home to fix the problem and also diminish the cost of heating for the property.
Winter is the perfect time of year to inspect your chimney and clean it if it’s clogged. This could save you hundreds, if not thousands, in future repair bills if there are issues. Try to avoid lighting the fireplace unless a qualified building inspections provider has checked it for clogging.
Of course, Watch Out for Pests
There are a few things you should do in order to prevent pests from running amok during the winter months. This includes:
• Book an inspection for your property, and seal up any cracks, holes and other areas which could be problematic.
• Check for clutter in the home and remove it as mice always look for these areas for hiding.
• Get rid of any standing water from your gutters.
• Trim overhanging branches and trees to ensure rodents come hanging around the home.