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Pre-Winter Checklist

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Winter is coming. Rain on window.

Winter is just around the corner and that means it's time to start getting ready for the wet, cold and windy weather.

And just as we prepare to rug up for Winter, we also need to prepare our homes! Winter in Perth, Bunbury and the south west can be relatively mild. However, it can also bring the occasional downpour of rain and thunderstorms, so it's important to get our homes Winter-ready to ensure we remain cosy during these colder months. Here's an easy checklist of things you can do to prepare your home for Winter this year:

Clear your gutters

Clogged gutters can overflow during heavy rain and cause expensive damage, so make sure your gutters are clear of any leaf litter and inspect them for damage.

Check your weep holes

Just like your gutters, it is important to check your window and door frames are clear from debris like dirt and leaf litter, and that your weep holes are not blocked. A weep hole (also known as drainage hole) is a small opening in your window and door frame that allows water to drain from the assembly. If your weep holes are blocked it can cause the water to overflow into your window or door track and back inside your home.

Weep holes perform an essential function on your windows and sliding doors and it is important to ensure they are not blocked with leaves or dirt, covered up with aftermarket security screens, or installed flush into your flooring without sufficient drainage. If you would like to add security screens to your Jason Windows that will not block your weep holes, please speak with one of our friendly staff in our security screen team.

A good method to test your weep holes for adequate drainage is to run your hose over your windows, checking your weep holes are letting the water flow out freely and not overflowing. But be sure to use a fine spray on your hose rather than full blast when performing this test.

window weep holes

A weep hole (also known as drainage hole) is a small opening in your window and door frame that allows water to drain from the assembly.

keep weep holes clear of dirt and debris to avoid blockage

Remember to check your weep holes are clear from dirt and debris so they do not become blocked

blocked weep holes can cause water to overflow back into your home

Blocked weep holes can cause water to overflow back into your home

remove any blockages from your weep holes

Once you have removed the blockage from your weep holes, the water drainage system on your window will allow the water to flow back out

A good method to test your weep holes for adequate drainage is to run your hose over your windows

Handy Tip: Use the fine spray on your hose to test your weep holes for adequeate drainage before the wet season.

Check your roof

Do you have any broken or loose tiles that need replacing? It's a good idea to carry out these repairs now before the wet weather sets in and causes damage to the ceiling inside your house.

Garden grooming

Trim your trees and bushes away from your house and overhead electrical wires to reduce the risk of property damage and power problems in strong winds.

Switch off your sprinklers

The Water Corporation require sprinklers to be switched off from 1 June to 31 August each year for all scheme and water users in Perth, Mandurah and some parts of the South West.

Secure your shade sails

Take your shade sails down in preparation for Winter or ensure they are secured properly and will not become a hazard.

Rug up

If you have hard flooring in your house why not add some rugs for Winter. They're not only a great way to spruce up a room but also help trap more of the heat inside your home.

Get high tech

"Hey Google, turn on the air conditioning... Alexa, heat the kettle... Siri, run the bath!" We live in an age of smart appliances and fingertip convenience, so why not make the most of it! We hope this checklist will make your winter preparation a snap! If you'd like to know more about creating an energy efficient home for Winter (and Summer), chat to us about our energy efficient glass options today.  

About the Author

Dempsey O'Callaghan - Service Manager Dempsey O'Callaghan is the Service Manager at Jason Windows. Jason Windows are committed to providing quality service and have a dedicated service team covering the Perth metropolitan area and the South West region of Western Australia ready to help you.

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