It's Raining AgainNow that our (relatively) dry summer and autumn have gone, the rain is back. I am already noticing many buildings where a lack of routine maintenance is allowing rain to penetrate and cause damage. Rainwater ingress into homes is one of the biggest and commonest problems we surveyors find, However, it is so easily avoided!
Now is the time to make sure that your gutters are cleared, rainwater pipes are secure and any loose joints have been secured.
Check your roof coverings for slipped tiles/slates and loose ridge tiles. If you have a flat roof, when was the last time you had this checked?
Wind driven rain can cause problems when there are gaps around windows and doors and also when your pointing is worn.
If your driveway, path or garden slopes towards any part of your building then these are areas where rain can be a problem. Ensure that any drains are cleared and , if necessary, install new drainage to stop flash flooding during those inevitable heavy downpours.
If you are concerned about the risk of water damage to your property, why not consult a Chartered Surveyor? We can provide professional and reliable advice and point you in the right direction for maintenance and protection of your building. For most of us, our homes are the most valuable asset we own - so look after them!!