PREPARING YOUR HOME FOR WINTER

Its that time of the year when we’re slowly beginning to get back into our routines following on from the long summer holidays. Its also the time of year when we should be thinking about the winter weather and planning ahead, so here are a few tips to follow.

Boiler

Keeping your boiler serviced and up to date will give you peace of mind when the weather turns. If your boiler is more than 15 years old it may be worth considering replacing it.

Its also worth leaving it on a low setting of 14c ( 58F ) if you are away for any length of time.

Insulation

Check that your loft is fully insulated and that any insulation that may have come loose if refitted to form a snug fit. Its amazing how much heat can be lost through loose or badly installed loft insulation.

Pipes

Ensure your pipes are well lagged, burst pipes are a major cause of escape of water in the winter. Its also worth reminding yourself where the cut -off taps, and switches are for gas, electricity and water.

Gutters and drains

Blocked guttering and drains can cause major damage during the winter and it is well worth spending the time to make sure all gutters are cleared of debris and all downpipes and drains are free flowing.

Roof

Stand back and inspect the roof to see if you can spot any weaknesses or damage such as loose or misplaced slates or tiles.  Make sure the flashing is all intact and it can be helpful to use a pair of binoculars to assist you with your inspection.

Paths and patios

It is well worth while stocking up now on any salt or other gritting products so as you don’t get caught out when it snows or freezes.