Top 5 Tips To Safe Guard Your Property For Winter

Tip 1: Ventilate your property

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As the weather gets colder, on comes the heating. We naturally want to make our home cosy in the winter months, which means turning up the thermostat and closing the windows to keep the heat in. A downside of this is that humidity levels increase if there is nowhere for the air to go, which is a major cause of mould growth from condensation. Look out for your windows steaming up or damp walls, signs of mould around window frames or on the walls and ceilings.

So how can you ventilate your property while still keeping it cosy?

Some solutions include, installing ventilation solutions (e.g. envirovent systems), having air-trickle vents in windows, allowing access to airbricks and well-maintained extractor fans in the kitchens and bathrooms. If there is a lot of moisture in the air you may also consider using a dehumidifier intermittently to remove moisture.

Tip 2: Check drains, gutters and chimneys

During the winter, guttering can become extremely heavy with frozen water which can lead to it breaking and falling. We recommend asking the window cleaner to clear the gutters for a bit extra. Clearing leaves out of the gutters and drains will also help with water draining issues.

Got a fireplace? Get your chimney swept before the cold weather sets in, so that smoke and dangerous fumes can escape easily - rather than come back into the room. It also helps prevent chimney fires.

Tip 3: Insulate (lag) any external pipes and ideally internal

If the weather gets especially cold the water in your pipes can freeze and expand causing cracks, and, in extreme cases, flooding in your home.

Make sure your pipes are insulated and lagged to reduce heat loss and protect them from the cold. It also reduces mould from condensation. This is especially important in the loft where the water tank is usually located. You can get special 'jackets' to go around the tank, which should be at least 75mm thick.

Particularly vulnerable are the overflow pipe and the condensate discharge pipe from the bottom of the boiler to the drain outside. Ensure they have been connected properly and there aren't any blockages.

Tip 4: Leave heating on low if going away

We've all heard about someone who went away on holiday over winter and came back to find their home flooded from a burst pipe. Following the advice in Tip 3 will definitely reduce the risk of this happening, but if you're planning on being away during winter then it's a good idea to take some extra precautions.

Set the timer on your heating to come on for a few hours in the early morning and again in the late evening. You don't need to set the temperature on very high, just enough to keep the pipes ticking over so the levels don't drop too low. Turning off the stopcock before you leave is also a good idea.

Tip 5: Get your boiler serviced early

Have you ever tried to get hold of a boiler repair man during cold weather? They're like gold dust! There may be an existing problem with your boiler which isn't spotted until you've got the heating going full blast, so do yourself a favour and get a boiler service before the weather turns. Test that the heating works now before you actually need it.





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Published on 21 November 2014

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