5 Ways To Protect Your Home This Winter
After an unusually hot summer time, it can be easy to overlook the fact that winter is on its way, instead preferring to cling on to those last few warm autumnal days. But after an extreme summer, what usually follows is an extreme winter season. Don’t let it take you and your home by surprise. The key to protecting your home against this year’s cold spell is preparation – as far ahead as possible. Here at five ways to protect your home against the elements this winter.
1. Check Your Roof & Guttering
Whilst the weather is still mild, now is the time to get up on your roof and inspect it for any cracks, loose panels or other potential problems. While these may seem fairly harmless at the moment, when your roof gets hit with snow and ice over winter, these could rapidly worsen, so take the opportunity to get them fixed before the cold season hits. Do the same with your guttering, and ensure it is firmly attached to the building, to avoid any heavy slow pulling it loose and causing a potential hazard. It’s also worth giving your gutters a good clean and removing any debris, before any further build up occurs.
2. Service Your Boiler
Being without hot water or heating during the ost bleak months of winter can be one of the most frustrating and inconvenient occurrences. You can avoid it, or at least cut the risk to a minimum, by getting a professional to give your boiler a full service now. If any problem are identified, get them fixed swiftly before they worsen.
3. Check Your Insulation
To avoid putting too much strain on your heating system, your property should be as insulated as possible during winter. Give your home a once over to check its insulation, and if you don’t think it is adequately insulated, install more insulation. This will not only make your home more cosy but it can also save you money on your energy bills, as the insulation will act as additional heating. Pay particular attention to your loft, which should have at least 10 inches of insulation, and fit proofing around windows and doors to eliminate drafts.
4. Cover All Pipes
If your water pipes get too cold over the winter, there is a chance that the water flowing through them could freeze up, causing them to burst. This, again, would leave you in the unfortunate position of being without water. You can purchase foam tubes to wrap around your pipes, to keep them toasty and warm. Focus on the cold water pipes, as they are more likely to freeze, particularly in the attic.
5. Get A Salt Spreader
It may be that during winter all you want to do is curl up in front of the fire, most likely you are going to have to go outside every once in a while, whether it’s to go to work or to stock up on provisions from the shop. When you do, you don’t want to find yourself unable to move your car or walk down your drive due to a thick layer of snow. A great tool to beat the snow is a salt spreader; unlike a traditional shovel it doesn’t simply move the snow and ice, but removes it altogether by combatting it with a mixture of salt and sand. If you have a large garden or driveway which you need to remain clear over winter, regular salt spreading is your perfect solution.