Home is where the heart and in winter, a lot of us tend to spend our time indoors. Looking after our home is important, particularly in the winter when the harsh weather usually creeps up on us. Here are a few ways to look after your property during the winter.
Clear Up The Outside
As the season changes, so does the weather. So it’s useful to clear up any debris like leaves and twigs that have gathered around your gutters and in the garden. It’s not a nice job, but if you avoid it, water can collect at the base of your home and damage the home’s structure.
Driveway cleaning is also useful to do, and if it’s really cold, you’ll want to consider putting some salt down to prevent it from getting too slippery or causing you or your loved ones an accident.
Keep The Pipes Warm
One of the most common home emergencies that happen is due to frozen or burst pipes. If the temperature is extremely cold and you don’t run hot water through them regularly, then they’ll freeze up. Burst pipes can be a costly expense so to avoid it happening, wrap up your pipes with logging to keep them cosy. It adds an extra layer to the piping, protecting them from the cold.
Add Insulation To The Home
Insulation is great for your home because not only does it keep your home warm but it saves you money in the process. There’s a number of ways you can insulate your home, whether that’s installing insulation in your roof or wall cavities or using draught excluders at the bottom of your doors. Hanging heavy curtains also helps or thermal blinds if you have high windows.
Even if you have insulation already, it’s always worth checking to see if you need more!
Seal Up Any Cracks And Holes
Over time, wear and tear occur, and cracks or holes may form around your property. It’s a good idea to go around the property this time of year and check for any entry or exit points to your home. Your home is warmer than the outside, and that can be appealing for vermin and other pests, so you want to block off any chances of them getting in. You can either seal up these yourself with some sealant from a DIY store or hire a handyman if you don’t have time to do it.
Get The Boiler Checked Annually
The boiler is your priority, especially for this time of year. It’s important that you get the boiler serviced annually so that you reduce the risk of it breaking down. Without a boiler, you lose your hot water and heating, which is something you don’t want to happen. When it needs replacing, do it immediately, instead of risking it for a couple of months as you might forget about it.
You should care for your home all year round but for this season, be sure to pay attention to the areas mentioned in this guide.