How to prepare your home for the winter weather

How to prepare your home for the winter weather

19th Dec, 2018

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – and with that comes the darker, colder winter weather. As we are drawing closer to the festive period, more of us will be off work and spending time at home, so we want our space to be warm and comfortable – for ourselves and any visitors we may have.

It is notoriously difficult to predict the weather, but it is better to prepare for the worst than not at all! Insurers are already bracing themselves for a seasonal rush of claims, but they may not pay out if they feel the cause is due to poor maintenance.

So, here are some tips on how to get your home ready…

Check your gutters

If you don’t feel confident scaling a ladder to look at them yourself, get in a professional to do them for you. At this time of year, they will get clogged up with leaves, twigs, birds’ nests, roof moss and silt, which can lead to them overflowing. This can have a knock-on effect, blocking underground drainage systems, as well as causing damp in your property.

If leaves are a big problem for you because you have lots of trees nearby, it may be worth investing in a sturdy mesh guard – but make sure it’s good quality and fitted securely or it can collapse.

Inspect downpipes

These are something that can similarly get blocked and cause leaks, so it’s best to check them during heavy rain, when you can see where the water is coming from. You can also do this in dry weather, and you should keep a look out for stained brick or stonework.

Examine your roof

Again, this can be a daunting task clambering up onto your roof, so if you don’t feel comfortable doing so get an expert in. You need to be checking for cracked or broken tiles – make sure you get these replaced as soon as possible.

Store outdoor furniture

If you don’t have a garage or shed, now would be a great time to invest in one. They offer the perfect place to put all of your outdoor furniture and plants pots, to not only protect them from being damaged, but to also prevent heavy winds causing breakages at your home, or a neighbours.

Tackle humidity problems

Condensation inside your home is one of the worst winter issues, and left unchecked can lead to dreaded black mould on walls. Even worse still, it can cause wooden window frames to rot, which would be very expensive to replace.

It can be difficult to get rid of humidity in winter, as we crack the heating up and close all of the doors to keep out the cold, which causes moisture to build up. And high levels of condensation can be very damaging to your home and health, as well as cause skin problems. So, ensure that you open windows and use vent fans every time you are cooking and after taking a shower or a bath, which will allow the air to circulate.

Ensure your boiler is in good condition 

As a standard you should have it serviced once a year, but if you haven’t got around to it for a while then now would be a good time to do so. Also make sure you bleed your radiators, if you find that they have cold spots in them.

Fit smoke alarms

It has been revealed by insurers that more house fires occur in December and January than any other time of the year, so make sure you install smoke alarms on each floor, as well as test the batteries regularly.

For the most part, keeping your property safe, secure and warm throughout the winter months requires some general maintenance. These small and simple tasks could prevent disaster striking over one of the busiest and most expensive times of the year – so they are really worth doing.

Take care of your home – like it takes care of you – and enjoy a wonderful Christmas!

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