Protecting your home this winter

As winter approaches, there is a lot to think about. You’ll read countless articles about winter fashions and looking after your skin in the colder months. But, what about your home? Failing to take proper care of your house in the colder weather can lead to expensive repairs later on and could even leave you with a freezing cold home and no heating or hot water.

Severe weather conditions such as storms, flooding, hurricanes and snowstorms are a very real possibility in many locations over the winter months and seem to be becoming much more common as time goes on. Making it more important than ever that you protect your property.

Here’s a helpful guide to all the things you can be doing in the coming weeks to ensure your home is ready to take on the winter.

Check Your Roof

Roofs can easily be damaged over the winter time, and the worst thing is, you wouldn’t be able to tell until it started to leak or let in cold air. Contact an experienced roof repair company to get it checked out and make any repairs needed.

Loft Insulation

A massive amount of the heat from your home is lost through the roof. Loft insulation can help to keep some of this heat in. Both warming your home and cutting your heating costs. You may also want to consider cavity wall insulation to keep your home as toasty as possible all year around.

Insulate Pipes

Frozen pipes are another common problem over winter. In extreme cases, they can burst, cause a lot of damage, possible flooding and lead to expensive repair work.

Check Seals

Damaged seals around windows and doors can let in a considerable amount of cold air. Go around and little feel for a draught. Repair or replace where it’s needed.

Clear Gutters

During autumn, when the leaves are falling, it’s incredibly common for gutters to become blocked up. People often neglect to clear them as it doesn’t seem to be a huge problem. However, clogged guttering can cause water to back up against your house. Over time this can damage roofing and trim, even causing ice dams and leaks. Getting your gutters cleared is a relatively cheap and easy job which could save you a fortune long term.

Have Your Boiler Serviced

Your boiler gets a lot of use over the colder months. Then, once spring hits, it’s barely used for months. This means that you won’t know if there’s a problem until you need it and could leave you without heating when it’s freezing outside. Arrange for your boiler to be serviced at the end of summer or start of autumn to make sure it’s up to the job of keeping your home warm. You may also want to consider boiler cover, so if the worst happened, you could get it repaired as fast as possible.

Preparing your home for winter could save you a fortune in heating and repairing the damage later in the year. Try to schedule these checks before it gets too cold, and do them every year. 


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