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Expert warns homeowners to act on this straightforward guide to post-snow home maintenance


As the snow melts and the promise of spring emerges, it's crucial for homeowners to address the aftermath of winter.

The weight of the snow and the constant freeze-thaw cycle can take a toll on your property and health. 


Home Safety Officer, Ian Lowdon at Halton Stairlifts warns homeowners to act on this straightforward guide to post-snow home maintenance, with an emphasis on small but significant signs of potential damage:


After a snowy winter, it's essential to conduct a thorough check of your home to ensure that it remains in good condition. The following steps are simple yet effective in identifying and addressing issues that, if ignored, could lead to significant damage.

Roof Inspection: Examine your roof for signs of damage like missing or cracked tiles. Pay special attention to any sagging which might indicate trapped water or snow.


Gutter Maintenance: Clean out your gutters and downpipes. Look for small cracks or breaks – these can quickly lead to bigger issues if water is not properly directed away from your home.


Proper Drainage: Check that melting snow is draining away from your foundation. Even small puddles can seep into cracks and cause significant damage over time.

Exterior Wall Check: Inspect your exterior walls for any signs of damage. Small cracks can expand if water enters and then freezes.


Seal Inspection: Ensure that the seals around your windows and doors are intact. Minor gaps can let in cold air and moisture, leading to higher heating costs and potential water damage.


Interior Monitoring: Inside your home, look for any signs of water damage on ceilings and walls, particularly after a heavy snow. These can be early indicators of roof leaks or poor insulation.


Heating System Efficiency: Check that your heating system's vents are clear. A blocked vent can not only reduce efficiency but also pose a risk of carbon monoxide buildup.


Insulation Check: In your loft, ensure that insulation is dry and properly placed. Wet or displaced insulation is less effective and can lead to ice dams on your roof.


Tree and Branch Surveillance: Check for broken or weak branches on trees close to your home. These can be hazards, especially in windy conditions.


Foundation Scrutiny: After the snow melts, inspect your foundation for new cracks or signs of moisture. These small changes can be precursors to larger structural issues.


Comment from a Home Safety Officer at Halton Stairlifts: "Taking the time to conduct a thorough post-winter inspection of your home can save you from costly repairs down the line. It's often the smallest signs of wear or damage that, if addressed early, can prevent the biggest issues."

Ian Lowdon, Home Safety Officer
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