Mon 27 Nov 2017 View all news articles
Trees in the garden provide shade, privacy, and an attractive focal point for homeowners. But in the winter months, they can also cause massive problems.
This is because trees can fall during high winds and rain, colliding with homes and causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.
But there are things homeowners can do to protect their property as winter draws in and the likelihood of storms increases.
Trim trees back and ensure they are in good condition - hire a tree surgeon who can advise on any work that may need doing to the trees.
Before you touch the trees around your home, you must first make sure they are not subject to a Tree Protection Order.
This prohibits cutting down, topping, lopping or uprooting the tree, as well as wilful damage and destruction.
Check with your local authority to see if any trees in question are under a TPO.
Trees aren’t the only thing to be aware of in case of a storm. Gutters and soffits should also be inspected to make sure they are not loose.
Fence posts and fences should also be checked at this point too. Call a professional to help with repairs.
Another important home maintenance tip to is de-ice driveways, particularly as cold weather blasts the UK.
Homeowners may also have to face treacherous paths to their own front door thanks to slippery ice underfoot.
But there are things that can be done to quickly get rid of, and even prevent, ice.
Mould and damp is another problem homeowners have to face as the weather turns colder.
Mould and damp problems occur when a building is not properly ventilated and excess moisture exists. Extreme cases of damp could cause damage to your home over time, but one of the most serious affects black mould has is on a person’s health.
Having such problems in your home can cause respiratory problems, infections, allergies and asthma and it can also affect the immune system.
While mould and damp can be removed by either yourself or professional, and making sure your home is properly ventilated, it may not guarantee the issue won’t happen again.
Infrared heating by design is more effective in eradicating mould and damp problems compared to radiators, according to Funky Heat.
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