If the weathermen (and women) are to be believed, Winter in the UK will be a cold and snowy one. November is already feeling a little frosty, so they might just be right.
Pretty as it is, maintaining your property is one of the most important aspects of being a homeowner or landlord and Winter poses a few extra challenges that you might just want to be aware of and be a little more pro-active if we’re heading for a cold spell.
Keeping on top of your pipework should be at the top of your winter property maintenance checklist. A burst pipe can be disastrous and can cause a lot of destruction. A burst pipe can occur when water pressure builds up behind a frozen section of the pipe. From this, the results can include flooding, dampness, and temporary loss of property.
Thankfully, there are a number of steps in place to help ensure your pipes survive the winter cold and help heat your property. These include insulating your pipes with sleeves or wrapping and running heat through them at least a couple of times a week to help minimise the build-up of frozen water.
Following on from the pipework it is then essential to inspect the remaining heating system on your property.
Radiators – look at bleeding your radiators as there may be trapped air inside of them. Releasing the air allows the radiator to fully heat up and gives your property the best chance of warming up. It will also save money on energy bills.
Boiler – If you haven’t had your boiler checked for a while then consider getting your boiler checked out by a Gas Safety-registered engineer. Winter is the worst time for your boiler to pack in so it might just be the best money you’ve spent as the alternative isn’t worth thinking about!
General Property Maintenance
Besides pipework and radiators, there are other key aspects of the property which need to be looked at and maintained during the winter months.
Dampness – Damp can be such a nuisance and difficult to deal with in the winter time. You can reduce condensation occurring in your property by closing the kitchen door when cooking and leaving your clothes to dry near a window.
Guttering – Autumn has passed and the leaves have fallen from the trees – most likely straight into your gutters! Drain pipes can become blocked and restrict the flow of water, meaning water could find its way into your property. Don’t give it a chance, clean your gutters!
These are just a handful of handy tips and hints to keep you and your family warm this winter. But don’t let the cold bring you down this winter, wrap up warm and enjoy the festivities!
If you require any assistance with general property maintenance then get in touch and we’ll send Phil over to take a look.