Maintaining your property in the winter months
Maintaining your property is one of the most important aspects of owning property, even more so in winter time. The season’s infamous weather and decrease in temperatures means we must all take steps to make sure our homes are safe and warm this time of year.
It’s a good idea to carry out a few quick jobs around your home and garden to prepare for the colder weather. There are many easy, cost-effective steps you can take to help prevent any damage to your property this winter.
Always start your winter preparations from the outside:
- If you have loose items in your garden or on your balcony, bring them inside or secure them where they are.
- Put away tables and chairs. You don’t want to risk them getting damaged.
- Have a look around your property and look at any fences, roof tiles and outbuildings. Make any repairs necessary.
- Disconnect any garden hoses and insulate outside taps (you can buy special covers, but a towel secured around the tap and pipe is sufficient)
- Repair any leaks and think about isolating any outside taps in your garden or outbuildings.
- Low hanging tree branches can cause chaos in high winds. If you have trees close to your property make sure you arrange to have them trimmed before bad weather hits.
- Clear any debris from your gardens – wood, leaves etc.
- Now Autumn has passed, you’re likely to have leaves and debris in your gutters too. If not cleared out, drain pipes can become blocked and restrict the flow of rain water, meaning water could find a way into your property. Don’t give it a chance, clean your gutters and prepare yourself.
Keeping on top of your pipework should be one of the top priorities of your winter maintenance checklist. A pipe can burst when water pressure builds up behind a frozen section of the pipe. From this, the results can include flooding, dampness or even a temporary loss of property.
There are several steps in place to help ensure your pipes survive the winter cold and help heat your property. These include:
- Insulating your pipes with sleeves or wrapping
- Running heat through them at least a couple of times a week.
It is then essential to inspect the heating system on your property before the winter months:
- Radiators – We advise bleeding your radiators in the run up to colder weather, as there may be air trapped inside of them (often the cause of those odd noises coming from your pipes).
- Releasing air allows your radiators to fully heat up and gives your property the best chance of warming up. It will also save money on energy bills.
- Boiler – We advise getting your boiler checked out by a Gas Safety-registered engineer. This is typically done once a year, but it is always good to get on top of this before the winter months. You certainly don’t want any issues with your heating system when it’s very cold outside!
These are just a handful of handy tips to keep you and your family warm this winter season. Don’t let the cold bring you down this winter!!