by: Anna Powell
9 November 2009
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“The roof over your head.
When was the last time you looked at your roof? Take a pair of binoculars and do a visual check for missing or cracked roof tiles. These can let damp through in the rain, and weak tiles are bad news in winter gales. On flat roofs, check for puddles.
Check your chimney pots, satellite dish and TV aerial are fixed securely, too. A quick fix now could save money later.
Stamp out damp.
Make sure gutters aren’t blocked with leaves. Overflowing water can weaken brickwork and even foundations, especially in old houses. Buy gutter leaf guards and ensure pipes discharge well away from the house.
Make sure window-frames aren’t damp, and seal any gaps with sealant or mortar. Wooden windowsills will benefit from a coat of wood preservative. Finally, check that drip grooves underneath windowsills aren’t blocked with moss.”