Autumn is well and truly here which means that winter is just around the corner. Have you made any preparations around your home to maintain a good condition?
At Gutter-Vac Tasmania, we take safety very seriously, the following preparations should be considered to keep your home and family safe during the rough seasons.
The seasons changing is a great reminder for you to check your detectors, whether it be smoke or carbon monoxide. Winter is the time most house fires happen. Don’t forget to see if the batteries need to be replaced. This quick and simple check can keep your family safe.
Trim Trees and Branches
Check to see if there are any dead or lying branches that could cause damage to the property in a storm. Also, ensure to trim away branches that are close to the house. This task could potentially save you from future expenses.
Inspect walkways, stairs, railings, driveways
Don’t forget to do a thorough inspection of high traffic areas for slip hazards. This could include oil spills, mould or moss, which when wet could create a slip hazard.
Seal gaps and draughts
Ensure you check all gaps for draughts that could affect the heat on the colder days. Your energy bill could be greatly decreased by checking for draughts and sealing them.
This tip is one of the most important ones. Maintaining your heating source, no matter what source you use, is of importance. If you have a wood heater, consider getting your flue/chimney cleaned as well as an overall check. Don’t forget to order wood too! If you have an electric or gas heater, get it serviced and check that it is in good working order. You don’t want to be caught out in the cold Tasmanian weather.
It is a common misconception that you should clean your gutters once the leaves have fallen but it is actually a good idea to get ahead of them. Cleaning your gutters at the beginning of autumn to ensure that the debris does not break down into a mud like sludge in the bottom of your gutters. The sludge is the real problem because this is what really causes the blockages which can potentially cause water damage to your property. So get them cleaned and make sure they have good drainage.
Do you have a ‘to do list’ to get your home winter ready?
Take the time to protect your investment and rest easy knowing your home is ready.
Winter is coming!