Winter seasons can be harsh on your home. When the leaves start to fall, make sure to follow these steps on how to get your house ready for winter:
Start With The Garden
Check your taps for garden hoses and disconnect them accordingly. External taps suffer the brunt of the cold damage, so it’s best to insulate them using bubblewrap and storing the hoses in the shed. Take care of any outdoor furniture by cleaning, storing or covering them with waterproof material.
Tidy up the garage and the shed by taking out the items you’re not using and disposing of them. This is the best time to mow the lawn and apply fertilizer and keeping fragile pots away from the incoming frost. Make sure to prune the bushes and mulch the soil so they survive the incoming months.
Inspect The Outdoors
Take stock of your property’s outdoors and replace the lighting with low-energy ones. Check out the trees and see if there are any branches that could damage your house in case of snowstorms or gales. If you have a flat roof, see if there are any de-laminations, pools of water, heat bubbles, cracks and exposed joints. Fill the cracks and clean the downpipes and gutters.
Winter-Proof Your Indoor Space
You can conserve precious heat and energy by inspecting your insulation and padding exposed pipes with foam pipe sleeves and similar material. Check your loft and see if there are signs of damp in the roof’s valleys and ridges or in the chimneys and brickwork. Another thing you should watch out for is radiators. If you have not used them over the summer then they might be a little dirty inside and might want flushing or if they have been flushed and the room is still not getting warm then I would recommend checking if the radiator is the correct size and type for the room. If you would like some guidance on radiator sizes then there are loads of sites online which can help you.
Clean your windows to allow precious sunlight, which can help especially during dreary winter spells. Go around and check your window and door seals; fill up the gaps with caulk. Don’t forget to have your boiler serviced by a professional engineer. Locate where the mains water stop is to prevent emergencies that come from burst pipes.