As the dark nights draw in and temperatures drop, it’s worth checking that you’re prepared for all eventualities this winter. A few quick checks can make a huge difference to both your comfort and finances, and it doesn’t have to be hard work. RSA, one of PayingTooMuch.com’s home insurance providers, have produced these top tips to ensure you stay cosy, warm and dry whatever the weather.
- Clear out your gutters and drains to ensure rain and melting snow can flow freely away from your home.
- If you have an open or wood burning fire, make sure the chimney and flues are clear, sweeping out the soot and other potentially dangerous build-up.
- Examine roof and exterior walls for any potential problems such as missing tiles, slipped flashings or cracked rendering, and then make sure they’re repaired before water can get in.
- Get in there before the busiest time of the year and have your boiler serviced by a registered engineer. Bleeding your radiators is also another easy way to improve your heating.
- If you have a condensing boiler, ensure the external condensate outflow pipe is properly insulated and regularly check to ensure the pipe doesn’t freeze.
- Defrost frozen pipes with a hairdryer or hot water bottle then open the tap servicing the pipe. If the pipe has burst but the water is still frozen, turn off the stopcock and seek urgent support. If your home insurance policy includes Home Emergency cover, seek support from your insurer.
- Make sure the pipes within the roof void are properly lagged to prevent them from freezing.
- Leave your heating on low if you go on holiday in the winter to prevent pipes freezing and bursting. The frost setting on your heating may not be sufficient. Turn the water off at the stopcock and drain your water systems if you plan on leaving your home unoccupied for longer periods.
- Avoid damage from swinging gates in blustery weather by checking all locks are secure and applying a drop of oil to keep the hinges in good order.
- Remember to check all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms regularly. It’ll only take a second and it could save your life.
- In the case of power cuts, or even snowstorms, keep your house well stocked. Torches, matches and food in easy-to-reach places will make it all easier.
- Keep useful numbers all in one place, in case of emergency.
To ensure peace of mind PayingTooMuch.com offers Home Emergency Cover at just £34.95. Give our friendly team a call today on 01243 219333 if you’d like more details.