How to prepare your property for winter
It rarely pays off more to be preventive than when it comes to securing your house for the cold season.
As days turn colder and windier, it is important to keep your household energy-efficient and also to reduce the risk of accidents such as pipe bursts and boiler breakdowns. Taking the necessary precautions against these kind of emergencies will help you save money and avoid a lot of inconvenience. With just a few simple property maintenance checks, your property can be ready to keep you safe and comfortable during winter.
Here is the essential maintenance work needed to prepare and protect your property during the cold months:
Doing an annual gas boiler service is always a wise precaution and there is no better time to do it than before the cold hits. A gas engineer will normally check your boiler for any carbon monoxide leaks and that all components work properly. Having your boiler serviced will prevent any unwelcomed system breakdown during the cold months and will ensure your system works at peak performance when you most need it. It’s also a great way to make sure you prolong your boiler’s lifespan, thus saving you money on unnecessary repairs or replacements on the long term.
Checking the condition of your radiators before turning the heat on is essential when preparing your property for winter. This includes checking for any possible leakages, the condition the bleeding valves are in and heat dispersal throughout the installation. Repairing any leakages, bleeding your radiators and removing any blockages generated by sludge or limescale ensure your radiators work properly during winter. Whether you decide to do it by yourself or hire a heating specialist for the job, checking you radiators is important for securing the comfort of your home and minimise the heating bills.
Pipes protection & repair
Burst pipes are one of the most damaging and yet frequent incidents that happen during the cold season. Water pipes that are left in extreme conditions such as rapid freeze and thawing can start leaking and even burst, which can leave you without running water and potentially cause additional damage to your property. This is why it’s important to protect and insulate your pipe system as much as possible. Having your plumbing system checked out regularly is also a good measure of precaution against inconvenient and probably more expensive plumbing repairs in case of pipe bursts.
Drainage Cleaning & Unblocking
Keeping your drains clean and unblocking them regularly is particularly important in Autumn when fallen leaves and broken tree branches accumulate around the gutters. Carrying out a drainage inspection this time of year is also a great way to ensure your drain pipes don’t break down and that there are no major blockages that can cause overflows and pipes collapses over the winter months.