Protect Your Home Against the Effects of a Wet Winter
Living in Britain, we are all used to enduring wet autumn and winter months (and even some springs and summers, too). But if specialists are to be believed, this winter is threatening to be an especially bad one, and householders are being warned to take steps now to protect their homes from the weather’s ravages.
Although long-term weather forecasts are notoriously difficult, even for those in the business of making them, recent unusual behaviour in the Earth’s upper atmosphere has led certain experts to warn that northern Europe – including the UK – may well be in for a stormy end to the year.
Back in February, the people responsible for monitoring wind measurements noticed that the tropical winds high up in the stratosphere, known as the quasi-biennial oscillation, were heading in the opposite direction to that expected.
Usually these winds switch direction, from easterly to westerly and back again, roughly every 22-36 months. But this time the winds have stayed being westerly. Nobody knows why this has happened, but they do know it has implications for the region’s weather.
Those in the know believe that as a result of these westerly winds, Europe is likely to face more storms and wetter, colder weather over the coming months. Advice from All Weather Coating can prepare your home for the weather ahead.
Expect the Worst
While wet winters are nothing new, a particularly stormy period can wreak havoc on Britain’s roads, coastline and households.
Those who often experience the worst our weather has to throw at us are being advised to prepare now for the possibility of flooding. This means stockpiling sandbags, as well as potentially moving valuables from downstairs. This will mean minimal disruption should the worst happen.
Householders everywhere – not just those in frequently flooded areas – should also take steps to help protect their home from the worst of the winter.
Keep Channels Open
One of the easiest things you can do to protect your home and property is to keep on top of maintenance throughout the year. Ensuring gutters are cleaned and downpipes are working will ensure any excess water is channelled correctly and not directed on to your brickwork.
Also make sure your grids are kept clear of debris, so any downpour has somewhere to go. This will mean there is less chance of damaging flooding.
Look Out for Damp
Penetrating damp is one of the most common causes of damage to a building. It’s important to know what signs to look out for, and what steps you can take to protect your house.
Crumbling or peeling plaster, broken brickwork or damp patches on interior walls could all be signs of penetrating damp. If left untreated, they can lead to more serious issues, including health problems for residents.
Making sure all exterior brickwork is in good order, so rain cannot enter, as well as keeping roofs, gutters and windows and doors in good repair, will all help keep the water out of your home.
Prevention Is Better Than Cure
As with most issues, preventing any damp damage is far better – and more cost-effective – than having to treat it.
Luckily, there are a number of products available which will help make your exterior walls more weather-proof and provide added peace of mind during those stormy months to come.
Applying a professional all-weather coating to your exterior walls will massively increase your chances of keeping your home safe and dry this winter and prevent penetrating damp happening in your home.
So taking some simple steps now, before the wet weather arrives, could well pay dividends in the months to come.