Now that we are amid Winter with endless rainy days, it is essential to ensure that your property is well maintained to withstand the cold, winter weather.

Taking the necessary precautions can save you from costly repairs and uncomfortable living and working conditions, so we have compiled six cold weather tips to ensure your property is in tip top condition over the next few months.

1. Have your heating system inspected (and cleaned if required)

As winter is in full swing, ensuring your heating system is in good working order is important. To start, schedule a professional inspection of your HVAC, gas, electric or oil heaters and replace the filters if necessary. If you have a fireplace, ensure it’s clean and safe. When was the last time you had the chimney cleaned?

Keeping your air conditioning system well-maintained will be more efficient, reducing your electricity bills and have a longer life span.

2. Check for drafts 

Take a moment to inspect all your windows and doors, paying close attention to any gaps or leaks. 19% of the heat in a room can be lost through a door draft and up to 30% can be lost through a drafty window. Drafty windows and doors increase heating cost and make it hard to warm your office or warehouse. Once you’ve identified any sneaky gaps, seal them using sealant or weatherstripping material.

That said, the bathroom window is the one window you always want to keep open. By allowing proper ventilation, you can help prevent moisture and mould buildup.

3. Clean out your gutters and downpipes  

If leaves and debris are left to accumulate in your gutters, they can cause potential risk to your property. As rainwater flows down your roof, clogged gutters can hinder proper drainage, causing water to back up.

This water accumulation can seep into your roof, leading to water marks on your ceiling and in extreme cases, cause your ceiling to collapse. It can also find its way into your walls, resulting in dampness, mould or structural damage.

Additionally, it is equally essential to ensure that your downpipes have been cleared too. As they are difficult to inspect, downpipes are often overlooked by property managers. To prevent such issues, it’s crucial to take the time to clean out your gutters and downpipes regularly.

4. Check for mould 

Mould, a pesky fungus, has a knack for making itself at home on a wide range of surfaces within our living spaces. It can establish its presence wherever it finds the right conditions, from walls and ceilings to floors, furniture, and even plants.

Flourishing in damp and humid areas, mould is known to spread swiftly if left unattended. Not only does it have the potential to damage the structural integrity of a building, but it also poses considerable health risks to its occupants. Be especially vigilant in areas like bathrooms and kitchens and any other spots prone to moisture accumulation.

5. Prepare for storms 

When it comes to preparing your office or retail space for winter storms, a proactive approach can make a significant difference in keeping you and your property safe. Firstly, secure any loose outdoor items, such as outdoor furniture or garden tools that could become dangerous projectiles in high winds.

Next, trim any overhanging branches or trees near your property (or contact a local arborist to do this) as trees can pose a risk of falling or causing damage during a storm. Proper maintenance of your trees helps prevent them from falling onto your property, solar panels, roof or power lines.

6. Check your roof for leaks  

Start by inspecting the space between your ceiling and roof for any signs of water damage or unsightly stains. And while you’re there, take the opportunity to address any unwelcome visitors seeking refuge. Clear out any pests, rodents or birds that may have found their way into this cosy nook.

Next, examine the roof’s exterior for missing or damaged shingles, cracks, or holes. You can also use a hose to simulate rain and see if water seeps through the roof.

 

Contact the experts at IPS

If you suspect a leak but don’t want to get on your roof or in the ceiling space, consider contacting a professional roofing contractor or IPS to perform a more thorough inspection. Contact IPS today