Do Your Winter Maintenance Now!
Extreme cold like the last couple of years can put a huge strain on our homes, leading to burst pipes, boiler breakdown and big bills. All it takes is a few simple checks (preferably BEFORE the first cold snap) to get your home winter fit. Here's how.
The winter of 2010/11, with its icy grip and seemingly endless snow, came as something of a shock. The Met office records that, during the worst spell, night time temperatures fell as low as -15degreesC, and struggled to get above freezing during the day. As well as causing transport chaos and closing schools, extreme cold like this put a big strain on our homes. So how can you protect yours?
Do Some Pre-Winter Maintenance
A few spot checks around your home will reduce the likelihood of winter rains, wind and cold causing structural damage.
Clean out the guttering and check for any leaks or damage.
Cast your eye over the roof from ground level to look for problem signs such as
loose or missing tiles. Check that TV aerials are securely fixed, too.
Look out for cracked, loose or missing pointing or rendering on exterior walls and have this fixed before water finds it way in.
Get your boiler and/or central heating serviced
Clear out leaves and debris blocking up drain grilles and clean patios and footpaths before they get slippery from a build-up of dirt.
Have chimneys and flues swept if you use an open fire or wood burner.
Get your insulation up to scratch - lag pipes and water tanks, fit draught excluders and insulate your loft properly.
Make sure your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms are in full working order.
Show every vaguely capable person in the house where the stopcock is, plus where to turn off electricity and gas supplies in case of emergency.
Keep a list of useful numbers handy in case of emergency. Include your plumber, gas installer, electrician and doctor.
It might seem like winter is a long way off but it will soon be here. So instead of wasting these rainy summer weekends get your house ready for winter. Don’t leave all these jobs till Autumn, when it could be to late.
All the materials and equipment are available from us here at Greengates, so come and pay us a visit.