This year went by so fast, and it’s hard to believe that we’re just a few weeks away from welcoming in the New Year. At this time of the year, it can be easy to get caught up in the festivities and forget about the problems that come as the year is winding down.
Here are some problems homeowners from around the world must be wary of approaching the end of the year.
In Italy: Damaged roofs
The weather is different for every country but for countries like it Italy it is time welcome the winter months. While others experience heavy snow, strong hailstorms sometimes hit Italy. Large hailstones can do significant damage to your roof. If you live in an area that experiences frequent hailstorms, it’s best to prepare by having your roof repaired — or better yet, replaced. As mentioned in our post ‘5 Signs That it is Time to Replace Your Roof’, leaky or damaged roofs will only cost you more money in the long run if you don’t attend to them before the winter sets in.
In Brazil: Blocked gutters
The chilly season doesn’t just mean snow, it also means contending with rain. In Brazil, they experience anywhere between 90 millimetres (3.5 inches) and 270 millimetres (10.6 inches) of rain in December, making it all the more important to ensure that your water drainage systems and gutters are clear of debris. Good House Keeping suggests that when your gutters are blocked, water tends to find other routes to escape. Water can go down the sides of your house which will lead to the discolouration, or worse, end up accumulating in your basement.
In the United Kingdom: Bursting pipes and boiler problems
For countries like the UK which experience extremely low temperatures during this time of the year, heating specialists HomeServe detail that burst pipes and boiler issues are among the most common problems faced by homeowners during the winter period. There are many things you can do to make sure that your home can withstand the harsh weather and continue to be a reliable shelter for you and your family, such as getting your pipes insulated to keep them from bursting and having your boiler serviced to make sure that it won’t break down when you need it the most.
In Australia: Wildfires and fire damage
In contrast to other countries that are shivering from the chilly winter weather, Australians are in the midst of their summer. This extremely hot weather can potentially lead to fires — and it has, with bushfires becoming more common between December and March. For people who live in areas that experience frequent heat waves, Australian Geographic recommends fireproofing your home and clearing any dried vegetation or leaves that could easily catch fire.
By addressing problems like these early on, you can make the most out of the holiday season and keep the fun going for your family without worrying about safety.
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