Easy tips to guard a property against the forthcoming winter chill

Colder months are approaching, so now is the perfect time to prepare and protect a property from the elements.

By following these simple steps put together by the home interior specialists at www.Hillarys.co.uk householders can increase energy efficiency and minimise the risk of any major winter issues.

Check your home insurance

It’s worth checking your home insurance policy to make sure it covers you for winter-related damage. You’ll be especially glad of this if you’re unfortunate enough to encounter a burst pipe or flooding this winter.

Insulation is crucial

Roughly a quarter of your home’s heat is lost through poor insulation in the roof, so fixing this will go a long way to improving energy efficiency.

This doesn’t have to be an expensive process either; you can buy and install insulation relatively easily, there are also government grants and schemes that will subsidise this for you.

Check the boiler

A broken boiler can cause a range of problems, none more dangerous than potentially leaking carbon monoxide. A poorly-maintained boiler will waste more money in the long run than the cost of getting it replaced.

Regular leaks, lots of repairs or issues with fluctuating temperatures are just a few signs to keep an eye out for.

Block the draughts

Draughts are caused because of small gaps around the house that allow the wind to travel through. To combat this, check the corners of windows and doors for gaps. You can seal these with self-adhesive strips or a draught excluder.  

Bleed the radiators

If radiators are colder at the top than the bottom, then it most likely means air has become trapped inside. Trapped air prevents water from heating your whole radiator, creating cold spots.

All you need to fix this is the radiator key and a towel. Allow the radiator to heat up so warm air moves to the top, then switch off the central heating.

Using the radiator key, twist the valve and release the air pressure until water starts to come out.

Burst pipes

Avoid this by buying ‘lagging’ – a foam material that sits around the pipes, insulating them and stopping them from freezing.

Another way to prevent pipes from bursting is to keep the thermostat running. It may cost a little more by having your heating on low, but it’s thousands more than you’ll have to pay for burst pipes.

Guttering

Over the next couple of weeks and months the trees will start to lose their leaves, this is a nightmare for gutters and drainpipes because it causes blockages. Once the blockage becomes too big, the water will overflow and cause flooding around the drain, plus it can cause leaks in the roof and walls.

For a more long-lasting solution, give overhanging trees and bushes a trim. This will reduce the amount of leaves falling and reduce the risk of loose branches in the wind.

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