As we make our way through the winter months, it is important to remember how cold weather can have an adverse affect on your home in a number of ways. Ice, snow, wind and rain can sometimes cause extreme damage. There are several precautions that you can take to prevent such damage occurring, but first let’s take a look at potential issues and handy tips that you should be aware of.
Cold temperatures can cause pipes in your home to freeze and potentially burst. The freezing cold can cause extreme pressure to build up within the pipe and can sometimes lead to flooding. Wrapping a towel around outside taps and leaving an attic light on are two ways that can help you to avoid frozen pipes. If you do encounter frozen pipes in your home, you should also be cautious using any water dependant appliances i.e. washing machines or heating systems.
With winter well underway it may be advisable for you or an expert to conduct a check on all windows in your home. If there are any existing cracks or gaps, this may result in cold drafts and condensation appearing. It may be a case of adding extra insulation, putting up thicker curtains to keep the heat in or using caulk to seal up windows – but you will definitely feel the benefit over the winter months!
Increased Heat Usage:
It is likely that you will increase your heat usage in the home over the winter months. When you are in your home, keep your heating on at a comfortable temperature and turn it down significantly when you are out of the house. This will help maintain a certain level of heat in your home – our previous point on windows can help with keeping the heat in your home. It is also advisable to schedule a service appointment for your homes heating system to make sure it is running at its optimum coming into the months ahead.
When winter weather hits, gutters may sometimes freeze into solid blocks of ice, leaving homeowners worried that additional damage may be caused to their home. This is mainly caused by gutters being too flat and not sloped enough i.e. water can sit instead of flowing. Heading into the winter months, ensure that your home has a proper drainage system with filters in order to reduce the chance of any blockages or leaks. It would also be advisable to make sure that your gutters are also properly cleaned out and in good working condition to avoid such situations occurring in your home.
These are some of the main things you should be aware of this winter, but here a few more tips to be aware of to help you be prepared, no matter how bad the weather is:
- Have spare batteries for torches and an alternative heat source should the power run out in your home.
- Ensure that your chimney is cleaned out properly and cleared of any build-up that could potentially start a fire.
- Attach draft excluders to any windows and doors that you feel require them.