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Autumn Maintenance Tasks to Prevent Water Damage and Flooding

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

leaves in gutterIt’s Time to Batten Down the Hatches and Prepare for Winter

We have enjoyed one of the best summers on record. But now it’s time to ask yourself whether your home is prepared for the months ahead. The kids are firmly back in the school routine, the evenings are getting shorter, and you are waking up in the morning and starting to ask yourself whether it will soon be time to switch the central heating on. There’s no getting past the fact, a look out at the trees will tell you that autumn is looming. Now is the perfect time to get outside before the weather really starts to turn and spend an afternoon doing some important jobs to ensure your home is ready for the months ahead. Dealing with blocked drains is not a pleasant experience at any time of year, but when the temperature is below zero and the wind is howling, it is the stuff of nightmares. A little maintenance now can save you a lot of aggravation in a few months’ time.

Check the gutters

You don’t fully appreciate all the hard work your gutters do until they are unable to do it anymore. They drain thousands of gallons of water from your roof every year – not to mention leaves, silt and whatever other detritus the local bird life decides to leave up there. It’s inevitable they will get clogged over time, and when they do, the water spills onto, and sometimes into, your home, not to mention onto the head of anyone walking below. Worse, if they are left like that, they will twist out of shape, and could ultimately become useless. It's neither a long nor a complicated job to get up there with some gardening gloves and clean

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