Winter is now on its way which means now is a good time to prepare your home for the cold weather ahead. Its time to start thinking of ways to protect your home from the damages off cold temperatures and bad weather that comes with it. Taking charge now to sort your home may help to prevent a home insurance claim in the future.
Home Preparation Guide for Winter
Before winter arrives your home should be ready for all the elements that come with winter. It can be a nightmare to deal with broken boilers, burst pipes, leaky windows, and draughty doors during the winter. Our six tips will help you to prepare your home for winter and to avoid future mishaps.
1. Get your boiler inspected and serviced.
Having your boiler checked every autumn will help to keep your property nice and warm during winter. If you have a really old thermostat, it might be a good time to consider replacing it with a programmed on to help save more money on energy bills.
2. Check and clean your gutters
It is essential that your gutters remain free from dirt, leaves and other debris. Gutters that become clogged will prevent rainwater from draining. This could lead to gutter leaks which could damage your home. Remember to check that your downspouts are extending away from the property. This will ensure that rainwater will run away from your house and help to prevent future damage. Give your gutters a clean every autumn or hire a professional to do the job.
3. Carry out an inspection of the roof
While you are cleaning your guttering. It may be a good time to check out your roof tiles. Inspect your roof for any missing or damaged tiles. If your roof requires repairs, its always best to call a professional roofer to help. Having a roofer carry out maintenance on your roof will help to prevent future problems.
4. Check all doors and windows for leaks
To prevent heat loss from our windows and doors. We want to make sure that the windows and doors are correctly sealed. Inspect the rubber weatherproofing strips around the door frames and windows. Replace any if they are torn and broken. Check to see if you had any drafts and apply the caulk. As a result, the caulk will help to keep the heat in and the cold winter out.
5. Cut back trees and bushes
Check your home for overgrown trees and bushes. These can cause damage to your home and electrical lines. Leaves from trees can block up in your guttering and lead to gutter leaks. Cut back any trees and overgrown bushes that may cause damage to your home.
6. Prevent frozen pipe damage
One of the best ways to help prevent your water pipes from freezing is by padding them. Using pipe insulation wrap your water pipes. This will help to prevent them from freezing up and causing a burst pipe. Check water pipes in your attic, basement, and underflooring.
Carry out these simple tasks will make life easier over winter. Don’t forget to get some salt and grit and a snow shovel in case things get really snowy.
For more information on replacing windows and doors contact one of our home improvement advisors on 01744 611203 for a free quotation.