This has been a particularly long and very hard winter – for little ole britain that is. I appreciate that in relation to many other parts of the globe, this has just been a slightly damp, chilly day at the office. We do make rather a fuss about the weather anyway, but when the water rises, the roads flood. We make a big deal out of it. What we don’t do though, until it is too late and the insurance assessor is out, totting up the damage, is to go round our property and make sure everything is still intact, not falling apart or mouldy. The guttering and sofftts around the top of the house is always tricky – getting a ladder up is one thing, climbing it and fixing any loose items is quite another. Engaging a properly experienced, insured and capable maintenance team is the safest and most cost effective route to domestic safety and harmony.