7 Tips to make sure your House survives through Winter
With winter in full swing, it is a good time to review your home to make sure it can withstand a potentially harsh winter.
1. Check your plumbing pipes
If any of your pipes or plumbing have started to make funny noises, the chilly weather is possibly putting a strain on them. During the winter, it is possible for water to build up and freeze, which could cause leaks, cracks and breaks. If this happens, you’ll more than likely need a plumber to come out and fix it to avoid flooding, which could be expensive. Especially if they are particularly old, you should call someone to inspect your plumbing to make any repairs before a problem occurs.
2. Inspect your Roof
During the winter your roof will endure most of the freezing conditions, such as frost, ice and potentially snow. This will wear your roof down over time. It is highly recommended to check your roof for any signs of early damage, such as shingles and tiles breaking. This will end up creating exposed areas which could create leaks and holes, which will allow water to seep through to your attic. Even though you should regularly check your roof, it is important to check it before the winter to perform necessary repairs.
3. Maintain your heating
Your heating system works in overdrive throughout the winter. You should have your system checked by a professional heating engineer if you are hearing strange noises coming from the vents, or if you are having sudden cold spots within your home. Don’t wait for the emergency, when your heating system fails, before you have it serviced or rectified. Make sure to have a heating professional perform regular maintenance checks and repairs on your system to keep it in working order.
4. Assess your insulation
Insulation protects your walls and ceilings from air leakage. Evaluate your current insulation to see if it worn, which could be from years of weather or pest infestations. If this is worn, your heating system would be working double as hard to counter the chilly air coming in from your loft. Installing loft insulation could present numerous hazards, such as; falling through the ceiling or exposing yourself to lung-harmful chemicals. It is recommended to call a professional, who has the professional knowledge, experience and safety equipment to lay proper ceiling insulation.
5. Hang insulating window treatments
Consider hanging extra curtains and blinds in bedrooms and in your living room to help insulate and keep the heat in. When it is sunny, open your curtains/blinds to let the light in to warm up the rooms; at night, close them tight to keep the heat within your home. Thermal curtains could offer added lining for increased insulation.
6. Spread salt of patios and driveways
During the winter, snow and ice around the walkways around your home can become dangerous for you and your family. Spreading salt and grit over these will prevent any ice build-up, keeping a safe environment around your home.
7. Clear ice and snow off walkways
Whether you were not able to conduct the above tip or just became a victim of some unfortunate weather, it is important to clear any potential danger of snow and ice. This could be done yourself, family member or friend, or a handyman service.