If ever there was a time to prepare your home for Winter… it is now!
Can you recall the nightmare of living through the ‘Beast from the East’? Facebook was filled with threads regarding broken boilers and frozen water pipes, whilst the cold weather raged on and caused mayhem throughout the UK. Yeahhhhhhh… I am sure I am not the only one who does not want to experience that again!
Preparation is the key, knowing what to do in any emergency and having important phone numbers to hand will make little niggle that needs sorting, a doddle!
Let’s have a look at some ways you can prepare your home for Winter…
Invest in home insurance
This should always be at the top of your list when it comes to your home. Insuring your home against damage, especially accidental damage will give you peace of mind. Just make sure you check your documents fully and take out the policy that is perfect for your circumstances. Some home insurance policies also offer a home emergency call out service for problems with boilers etc, this is especially handy in Winter!
Cover your pipes
Last Winter was a wake up call for most and I am guessing ‘how to unfreeze my water pipes’ was a much searched for term on Google! Prepare by ‘lagging’ pipes now by simply buying foam pipe covers from hardware stores such as B&Q. Covering pipes in such a way will help keep them insulated will help to prevent them freezing in case of any continued sub-zero temperatures. I pray not, however if you are in doubt, hire a plumber to help with this. If all else fails, wrap a towel around the frozen pipe and pour hot water over the pipe. It may take several attempts but this trick will work!
Bleed your radiators
To ensure you are feel maximum heat from your radiators, check to see if there is any trapped air in them. If your radiator is colder at the top than the bottom when on, then you certainly need to bleed the radiators in order to release the trapped air. Doing this will help the heat circulate and will make your radiators more efficient… and rooms feel warmer! Always ensure your boiler is off and radiators cold for bleeding with a bleed key that you can pick up from most stores such as Tesco, Asda and B&Q for a few pounds. Always have a towel to hand to soak up any water that escapes when the air has been released.
Draughts are always more prominent when the freezing cold air is blowing so prepare your home for Winter by checking carefully. Check around doors and windows and if needed, use self adhesive draught strips to cover areas where draughts come through. Draught excluder snakes are fantastic for putting up against the bottom of your front door and can be purchased from stores such as Home Bargains and come in a range of different colours and designs.