5 Ways to Get Your Home Ready For Winter
We hate to point out the obvious, and be the bearer of bad news but the days are getting shorter, the nights are getting colder and pretty soon winter will be upon us yet again. Apart from not feeling very cheery about the upcoming cold days, there are also now some jobs to do around the home to ensure you don’t suffer from any winter disasters! While you don’t need to be a DIY expert to tackle some of these jobs yourself, it is worth noting that DIY is the most common form of accident in the home, so be sensible, or talk to us and get a professional in for the job. Here’s our professional checklist of what you should now be doing to get your home ready for winter.
Gutters and Drains
The rain is coming, and in the UK, if that’s anything like the last couple of years there’s going to be plenty of it! If you don’t want to end up with problems with damp, mould and water build up there are some ways you ensure your home is winter weather ready and one of these is to check the drains and gutters!
Drains and gutters get filled with debris, particularly in the Autumn. Mud, fallen leaves and any rubbish washed along in the rain can block your gutters and drains, and if you don’t clear them now, you could have a big problem come the wet weather!
It would be great if you could just put a scarf and wooly gloves on your home, but sadly this isn’t possible, however if you knew how much heat was lost through bad insulation, this might be a job you’d prioritise! It’s said that by insulating your home properly, you could say £120 a year. That’s £120 seeping through your roof every year! Will this be the year you make the investment on insulation and keep the costs down?
Get the Boiler Checked
There’s nothing worse in the winter months than a broken down boiler and no heating and hot water, and the most likely time for your boiler to break down is on the first day of a cold snap. After minimum usage through the summer, that first strain on the boiler can be all it takes, and by getting it serviced now, you can avoid any inconvenient break downs when the cold weather comes.
Look after the pipes
Your plumbing and gas pipes run inside and outside your home, but it’s the water pipes that can be trouble in the winter months! Ensure there are no weeds or vegetation build up outside your outdoor pipes now, and ensure your pipes are lagged so you don’t suffer winter freezing and a burst pipe.
This isn’t something we can help with, but we can help with any DIY jobs around the home as you come into the winter months and as your getting ready for winter. However, we’d be fools not to give the advice, and you’d be fools not to take it! Ensure you’re covered by a good home insurance plan that will deal with any eventuality you might have to face along the way.