Snow.. It’s the type of weather every ‘typical Brit’ will either get excited about or will moan about, and if your home isn’t ready for winter then some people will certainly have something to moan about!
As a country, the UK doesn’t tend to have much snow throughout the year compared to other countries, so there are many people who do not think about how the snow could affect their home once the winter weather arrives. So what happens when the snow does arrive? Can it really cause that much damage to a property?.. Yes it can!
Like rain, snow can be very damaging to a property if there are property defects such as cracked walls, blocked guttering and blocked drainage systems. However, the damage from snow can be more severe than rain damage due to freezing temperatures and the weight of thick snow.
When snow settles on a roof for a long period of time, water can begin to leak through roof tiles such as slate or concrete. The melting snow could even find its way through brickwork which could end up freezing again and eventually cause cracks to appear on the face of the brick walls, or it could make existing damage (caused by rain) worse.
As mentioned before, blocked guttering can also cause problems when it snows. Snow can slide down high pitched roofs and block the guttering causing rainwater to ‘back-up’ and spill down the walls and even lead to the guttering coming away from its positioning on a house or possibly causing the pipes to crack.
It isn’t too late to do a few last checks on your property, making sure it is ready for the winter weather!