Preparing your home for winter

It’s that time of year: the clocks have turned back, the nights have drawn in, the temperatures are dropping and John Lewis have released their Christmas ad that once again melts the nation’s hearts  – winter is well and truly on its way. Now’s the time to start thinking about making sure you and your home are prepared for whatever nature throws at you.
These are just a few things that you can do to not only save on your bills, but also to help prevent something going wrong.

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  • Check your boiler

It’s always worth ensuring your boiler is serviced every year, doing this not only lowers the chance of it breaking down (saving you much more in the long-run), but also reduces the risk of leaking carbon monoxide.

  • Keep your pipes from freezing

Pipes that have burst because they’ve frozen then thawed are very common during winter and can cause a lot of damage and hassle. You can prevent this by wrapping your pipes in something called lagging – which is usually made of foam and acts as an insulator to stop your pipes from freezing.

  • Bleed your radiators

A great way to warm up your home is to bleed your radiators. This releases any trapped air, allowing hot water to fill every part of your radiator and warm your home more efficiently.

  • Tree trimming

If you’ve got a tree by your house, getting them trimmed will reduce the amount of foliage that will drop into the guttering, preventing them damaging your house in a storm and will also reduce the build-up of snow on the tree that could cause damage from broken branches.

  • Stop the draughts

You can cut these out by checking the edges of your doors and windows for draughts and either sealing them up or cutting out the draught with a draught excluder.

  • Clean out your gutters

When your drainpipes and gutters get too full, water will back them up and leak onto the roof and down the walls of your house. You can prevent this by making sure your gutters are completely free from grime and dirt to stop this happening.