How to winterproof your property
Winter is just around the corner so now is a great time to prepare your property for whatever weather it will bring with it.
You don't want to discover that your boiler has packed in on the day you go to turn the heating on. Give yourself time to sort out any problems by having it serviced now before it has to start working hard throughout the Winter.
To ensure that your property's central heating system is working as efficiently as possible make sure that you bleed your radiators.
Using lagging to protect your pipes from freezing and bursting can save you from a nasty headache on a cold Winter morning.
This is one of the best ways to reduce your energy bills this Winter. Ensuring that your loft is well insulated can help you to keep the heat in your property.
Use insulating strips or re-apply caulk around your windows if you can feel a draft.
Blocked gutters can cause a lot of damage to your property so make sure that you clean them out regularly, especially during the next few weeks while the leaves are falling.
Make sure you fix any fences before the Winter winds attack.
Now is an excellent time to store your garden furniture safely away for the Winter. This will protect it from the elements and therefore prolong its life. Also no-one wants to risk having their garden chairs fly across the garden in a storm.
Make sure that you replace any cracked or missing roof tiles to make sure that your property stays watertight even in the harshest Winter storms.
Check that your lead flashing or pointing and mortar is in good condition. Heavy rain and a poorly looked after chimney can result in water dripping into your home damaging your walls, paint and wallpaper.
The most common insurance claims during Winter are claims for water damage from burst pipes, storm and flood damage claims, and burglary claims. Take some time to ensure that your insurance policy covers damage from extreme weather to make sure that your home is covered no matter what happens.
Just in case the power goes out it is always good to have a blackout kit packed. It is a good idea to make sure that it includes snacks, bottled water, candles, matches and a power bank to charge your phone.
If you look after your property then it will keep you warm and safe all Winter.
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