Our top tips for being proactive this winter
During the colder months you may find that more maintenance issues are occurring, which generally start off as small issues but due to the cold weather they are intensified and can cost a lot of money to fix. We have put together a list of ways to be proactive this winter to help reduce the risk of you ending up with a big bill.
Getting a gas safe engineer to come and give the boiler a service is the best thing you can do before the cold winter comes as it helps to reduce the risk of anything going wrong with the boiler if you have already had a service completed on it. It is also best to make sure that you have checked that the water and pressure are all normal before deciding to switch the heating back on, after months of not using it.
Damaged guttering can be the cause of many damp problems after prolonged periods of heavy rain which is why during the months of September and October it is best to check that the guttering is still all connected properly and that there is no leaks from loose fittings. It is also worth checking that all brackets are still fixed in place properly so there is less chance of anything coming lose due to high winds or heaving rain, as well as checking for any blockages caused by leaves or any other rubbish.
Insulating the pipe work is going to help stop any leaks or burst pipes from occurring when it does get down to freezing temperatures. A lot of maintenance issues stem from burst pipes, which can cause water damage to properties and be a general inconvenience. Even if you do choose to insulate your pipework it is always good to know where the shut of valve is should you have any problems with the water.
Checking the roof is another key way to be prepared for the winter, as an already damaged roof won’t take long to cause you problems should we have any bad weather. Having a look over your roof every few weeks will help eliminate the risk of having damage; loose and missing tiles will allow for water damage to occur which could leave an even bigger issue than fixing the problem when it is first noticed.
Checking all the locks on your windows and doors before temperatures reach freezing point will stop the locks from sticking, this will help to reduce the risk of the locks snapping during the icy weather. Windows need to be checked to see if there are gaps around the frames which could be letting heat out, using some form of filler will help to reduce the heat loss from the house which in turn will help you save on heating bills.
If you have a fully working fire then it is best to get the chimney cleaned out every year to ensure there is no build up within the chimney itself. Getting the chimney cleared ensures there is little risk of a fire occurring due to the build up of dangerous gases and oils.
Garden maintenance is also something that should be considered before the cold weather comes, whether this includes giving the grass the last cut of the season or ensuring any trees or branches that could become dangerous are trimmed back to stop any coming down during the winds we may see.