Lots of us enjoy the scenes of snow-covered streets and frosty mornings. And the early months of the year are when snow and ice are most likely. But while wintery conditions may look great, they can be dangerous for the homes we live in. From frozen pipes to broken down boilers, there are plenty of ways these wintery conditions can cause havoc on our homes and day to day lives.
8 ways to protect your home from freezing weather
Here’s a few tips on how you can keep your home and family safe and snug this winter:
1. Service your boiler – your boiler plays a vital role in keeping your home warm during the winter months. So, it’s a good idea to arrange a service once a year. An annual service will usually cost around £70 to £120 and is well worth it.
2. Insulate your loft – a poorly insulated loft can lead to ice formation in areas where water gathers, as a result of this, it could potentially lead to damage to your roof and supporting walls.
3. Clear your gutters – gutters full of debris allow water to pool and potentially freeze, splitting drainage pipes and letting water cause mayhem.
4. Send up the chimney sweep – if you have a working fireplace you should get your chimney swept at least once a year. Otherwise blockages can form, leading to chimney fires.
5. Bleed radiators – letting out the air that has built up in your radiators is a fairly simple task. But it’s crucial if you’re to maintain a well‐functioning heating system and warm home.
6. Set the thermostat to a minimum – it’s a good idea to set the heating to a minimum of around 11°C especially before a severe cold spell.
7. Lag your pipes – check that water pipes in exposed areas such as lofts, basements and external areas are wrapped in insulating material to avoid them freezing – which could lead to them bursting. See our ‘How to guide – lagging your pipes’ to learn how to wrap your pipes up warm.
8. Batten down the hatches – check your garden and your home’s exterior for any loose fencing, roof tiles or brickwork etc. Be sure to arrange any repairs needed to reduce further damage that could be caused during high winds.
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Published 28th January 2020