It’s November and the cold weather will be here before you can snap your fingers. The cold, wind and rain can do serious damage to houses as well as cost you a small fortune in heating bills. Get a jump on winter by taking care of a few things in and around the house now, while it’s still bearable temperature-wise and you aren’t knee deep in snow and ice. Check out our five tips on how to prepare your house for the winter.
About a quarter of the heat in your house is lost through the roof, so having good loft and wall cavity insulation could keep the house warm with less energy used. These improvements don’t need to cost the earth, as there are a number of government grants and schemes that subsidise insulation installation.
Once the last leaves have fallen to the ground, it’s time to clear out your gutters. Either hire someone or climb up the ladder yourself and get rid of all the build-up and any blockages.
Loose or missing tiles, for example, may allow rainwater to penetrate loft spaces, causing dampness and even cases of rot. If left in disrepair for too long, these can become major problems that are expensive, intrusive and time consuming to fix. Something as simple as standing outside and inspecting a roof with a pair of binoculars can easily help you spot potential problems.
You can prepare your pipes for the cold weather by wrapping them up with lagging which you can buy online for a few pounds. This could stop them from freezing and help avoid blockages and burst pipes. Check the problematic areas first (usually where the pipes run outside or in cold areas of your home) like your garage, for example.
A chimney may be out of sight, but it can be dangerous, if not taken care of properly. It’s possible that your chimney sustained structural damage due to harsh winter conditions last year. You know you want Santa to have a nice clean climb down the chimney this year. So make sure to call a specialist to do your annual chimney cleaning and inspection. It is also important to always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer of fuel burning heaters. Make sure the fireplace has a solid screen to stop sparks from flying into the room.
So, in order to prepare your home properly for winter, make sure you check for loose or missing roof tiles and cracks on the walls, ensure that your drains are clear and working, your TV aerial is firmly fixed, and your guttering isn’t leaking or broken. Also, make sure to trim any nearby trees or branches. If you don’t have the time, you can always call a professional to do the work. As usual, we’ve got you covered once again – you can post your job on Flattro, schedule a survey and get quotes from local professionals in no time at all.
Do you have a clean, neat winter tip to share with us? Sound off in the comments, as no one wants to be caught off-guard by the ice dragons. Just look at what happened to the wall.
There’s always room for improvement.
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