Christmas is over and the new year is here, and so it seems that we are heading into the coldest months of the year as we are in the depths of the winter season. But what we sometimes forget is that our homes are exposed to all of the elements day in day out, so it’s worth spending time protecting your home. You don’t have to be an expert in DIY or any drastic home improvements, because preparing your home for winter is easier to achieve than you think. Here are some tips to share that will help protect your home this season and they could even save you a hefty price tag for repair!
Let’s Think About the Exterior: One of the first jobs you can start to think about is clearing the gutters and drains. During the fall, we know that leaves disperse from the tree branches at an alarming rate. They tend to gather wherever they can, and the gutters and drains are just some of the places that can get clogged up easily. As there is an increasing chance of rain and snow, blocked drains could cause leaks and further damage to your home if not taken care of. Ensuring that there is good drainage for when the weather begins to turn may be last on your list of things to do, but it’s one of those tasks that you’d be silly to ignore.
Avoid Potential Disasters: Naturally, during the winter we will be cranking up our boilers and furnaces to provide much-needed heat to the home. However, as they may not have been used during the summer months, you may find that they are a little hesitant to fire up. The last thing anyone wants on a cold day is no heating. Getting your heating system checked over before the colder weather hits is a great tip to avoid future disasters.
Think About Your Walls: One of the easiest ways a home can lose heat is through the walls and roof. The reason may be down to the walls not being insulated correctly. It tends to be a more regular occurrence on older properties, as newer ones should have had insulation installed when being built. If you feel that your home just never seems to retain heat, this could be your problem. Insulation isn’t a huge job; you could consider it in the walls but also just lining your roof and attic space could save you a fortune in heating bills.
Protect Your Pipework: Pipes in and out of your home can be one of the biggest problems you face during the winter months. Pipes can freeze on the coldest days, and then burst as the temperature warms up. Burst pipes can cause huge problems with your plumbing system. Even pipes in your home like those in the attic can cause you issues when not protected well. So don’t let your attic pipes freeze and protect them. If you live in an area that is prone to those icey and snowy days, this could save you a lot of heartache in the future.
Stay warm and let’s get those homes ready for the cold months ahead! 🙂