Top Tips To Prepare Your Home For Winter
Every year during the winter months insurance companies see a spike in the number of calls they receive for home damage claims. Burst pipes, blocked drains and storm damage, are very common during October to March, but there are some things that home-owners can do to limit the damage to their homes.
Here are some top tips to prepare your home for winter:
Protect your pipes – water pipes are most likely to burst during cold weather spells and especially when homes are left empty so it’s worth taking the following steps to help protect them:
If you’re going away and the temperature could drop below freezing, programme your home’s central heating to come on for a few hours each day.
Insulation is the key element that could stop your pipes freezing, the more insulated they are, the better protected they’ll be.
When away from home for a long period of time, ask a friend or neighbour to check your house once a week to make sure everything’s in order.
Reduce draughts – look for small gaps around windows, fireplaces and TV and telephone wires where cold air could be coming through and seal these.
Keep your gutters clear – regularly clear away any leaves located near gutters to prevent them from falling into the drain pipe and blocking them.
Check the roof – have any broken or missing tiles or slates replaced and other damage repaired. It is especially important to check flat roofs, which generally need re-covering every five to ten years. Keeping the rain out is one of the most important things you can do.
Get your boiler serviced before the cold weather sets in and your central heating checked so you don’t have any problems with them when you will need them most.
Deter burglars – Make sure you draw your curtains during the evening so that you don’t let potential burglars see what you have in your home when the lights are on.
Use a light timer – If you are going to be away for an extended period use a timer to set your lights to come on at certain times each day to make it look like someone is at home.
Fit security lights – Fit security lighting that points at your door or your window to brighten dark areas that burglars may take advantage of.
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