If the forecasters are correct we are in for another bitter winter, a lot of preparation is common sense but we have prepared some tips on getting your house ready for those cold winter months.
Get Your Boiler Checked
The last thing you want when the cold weather is here is a broken boiler, book in a service before the weather changes. A poorly maintained boiler is more expensive to run as they waste more energy, there is also the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Sweep the Chimney
Have a professional come and sweep the chimney and check the flue for any damage. If your chimney isn’t regularly cleaned the build up of creosote could ignite causing a fire in the chimney.
Check Your Gutters
It is important to clean gutters/ down pipes and remove any leaves or debris, these could lead to a blockage causing damage to in the exterior or interior walls and a leaky roof. Also check all fittings are in place and securely attached.
Prepare the Garden
Protect any outdoor furniture by either covering or storing away, the same with any pots that aren’t frost proof. Insulate taps to avoid them freezing and trim any trees to avoid leaves blocking your gutters.
Clean windows will help maximise light during the darker months.
Protect Your Pipes
Burst pipes are a common occurrence during the colder season due to rapid freezing and then thawing. To insulate your pipes and stop heat loss wrap them with a foam cardigan (lagging)
Check that you are getting heat equally from your radiators, if there is more heat from the top or the bottom they probably need bleeding. Bleeding your radiators releases air, allowing the radiator to run more efficiently.
Check your Home Insurance
The winter season sees a sudden rise in home insurance claims, make sure your insurance is up to date and you are covered correctly.