5 precautions you can take to save your home from subsidence
Advice to homeowners
Your home sinking further into the ground is not a fate any of us would want for our property, but for anyone whose guttering, fascia or soffits are not working as they should, it’s a potential reality.
We’ll make sure you have the knowledge, advice and tools you need to safeguard your home and save it from subsidence using this handy 5-step guide.
So, grab your waterproofs and an umbrella, because it’s time to embrace the elements and save your home from a downpour.
1. If you’re already having work done on the house, get your guttering looked at
If you’re already having a new conservatory fitted or its roof replaced, this is the ideal time to have your gutters done as well. We’ll often ask our clients if this is something they could benefit from.
It will cause less disruption, we’ll have easy access to your roof, and you can tick off a job you’ve been putting off for a while.
2. Don’t be left gutted – update your home’s defence
Left untended, your gutters can fall into dilapidation, and water can leak through your brickwork and into the plaster of your walls, overtime making them damp and mouldy.
A leaky drain can begin to erode the soil under your home and leave the ground saturated. This will eventually take a toll on your home’s foundations leaving you with little choice than to underpin your home to repair the damage done by subsidence.
This can be a costly and disruptive process and can be off-putting to potential buyers.
Blocked gutters can spell disaster for your home but getting them updated can re-enforce your home’s protection against water damage and help you avoid costly repairs later down the line.
3. Give your home the soffits and fascia it needs
A lot’s thrown at your roof – wind, snow, rainfall. Let’s face it the weather is a hot topic in British life – because nine times out of ten – it isn’t great.
You need a roof that can withstand harsh weather conditions. A durable fascia and soffit can prevent your inner roof from getting mouldy, provide support for your guttering and seal the roof so the interior of your home is protected.
We recommend using UPVC. It requires next to no maintenance – it’s colour won’t fade, and you won’t need to clamber up a ladder to repaint, retouch or repair it. The material is long-lasting, meaning you won’t need to replace it in a few years.
4. Don’t compromise on design
Fitting new guttering or a fascia can do more than protect your home, it can also breathe fresh life into the look of your property.
Your guttering covers a large part of the front of your home and your fascia and soffits are easily visible from the street. If styled correctly they can freshen up and neaten the overall look of your home.
There is a wide range of colours and styles to choose from so you can match your roofline to suit your taste and your home’s style. For traditional properties use a wood-grain foil, that mimics the look of timber.
5. Get the advice you need
If you’re unsure about the condition of your roof, fascia or soffits, give us a call on 01708 772222. A member of our friendly team will answer any questions and recommend the best course of action to keep you and your home on solid ground.