Probably more relevant to the northern hemisphere but a nonetheless topical piece of phrase! (Apologies to Mr J. Hayward)
The ducks are mobbing, the toadstools are erupting from the earth, hawthorn berries hang dense in the hedge rows. Yes, it's officially autumn. A glorious time of year but a time of year when we need to start preparing our homes for the winter months to come.
I'm looking at an elm that's turning yellow and an amber that's turning, well, amber. Those leaves will all lose their grip on the branches very soon and a decent proportion of them will end up in spouting below and downwind of their current position of lofty residence.
What that means to me is that we're about to start on our seasonal spouting clearance marathon where we'll clear literally tens of kilometres of spouting of its leaves.
Clearing your spouting is one of the most basic but valuable items of home maintenance you can undertake. If you do nothing else, make sure your spouting is allowed to run. Why? I hear you ask. Because free flowing spouting is your home's defence against water incursion. If it can't run, it'll back up and if it backs up in heavy rain, water can spill over the back of the spouting and into the structure of the house. I see it all the time and it's so easy to prevent.
The other really worthwhile consideration at this time of year is your roof. People hold off treating their roofs until the height of summer. I appreciate the logic of working on a dry roof but to be honest, it really doesn't make a huge difference whether the roof is hot or not. As long as it's dry, we can treat it and the HUGE benefit of treating a roof now, is that it'll be clear by summer.
Our absolutely fantastic Roof Shield treatment will work fast to kill any lichen, moss or algae on your roof and then the heavy rains of winter will wash it all away in time for you to step outside in spring.
Right now is an absolutely superb time to clear your spouting and to treat your roof with Roof Shield. Give us a call anytime on 0800 647 336 and we'll happily take your problems away. We'll even take the leaves away if you don't have a compost bin.
In the meantime, here's a very cool clip of Justin Hayward and Ian Anderson playing Forever Autumn in Canterbury Cathedral. Just because!
Happy autumn everyone.