We’re well and truly in the throes of winter which means it’s time to secure our properties against the adverse weather. If you want to avoid a leaky roof and frozen pipes for Christmas then follow these top tips to make sure your home stays cosy and Jack Frost stays outside.
Protect Your Pipes
Pipes are the number one offender when it comes to winter related problems. Insulation is the key to making sure your pipes don’t burst thanks to rapid freezing and thawing, investing in lagging can protect them from the cold, and protect you from leaks.
If you suspect a leak it is important to act fast to save you from any costly water damage. Turn your water off at the mains and call in the experts to assess the situation and fix your plumbing as soon as possible.
Treat Your Boiler To Some TLC
A poorly maintained boiler doesn’t just fail to keep you warm; it also costs you significant money in wasted energy. You should service your boiler before winter hits to make sure it is in full working order when you need it most, and if you have the funds it is worth investing in a brand new energy efficient model, which can give you greater heating control and help cut down your energy bills.
Bleed Your Radiators
Trapped air inside your radiators can prevent the heat from circulating properly and heating your home. You’ll know this is an issue if your radiators don’t seem to get warm, or only get hot in one part (usually the bottom). Bleed your radiators using the specific key to release the air so you’re kept cosy in the cold.
Keep An Eye On Your Guttering
Falling leaves, stormy weather and freezing temperatures all wreak havoc on your guttering. Clean your gutters regularly to clear them of loose foliage that causes blockages which can damage the exterior of your property, and look out for cracks and damage as you clean to ensure your gutters won’t leak.
Think About Your Home Insurance
If winter damage should befall you, you don’t want to have to dip into your Christmas budget to fix it. Look over your home insurance policy before the beginning of the New Year to make sure you’re protected if, despite your best efforts, damage does occur.
At GSI Insurance we guarantee you a great deal on your home insurance, whatever the time of year. If you’re in need of a home insurance quote in the Northampton area don’t hesitate to get in touch with our expert and experienced team on 01933 411 888 – we have a wide range of covers for you to choose from so you’re always kept well protected.