Winter is coming, and with winter comes unique hazards. If you don’t protect your home, many things can go wrong. Therefore, it is helpful to protect your he this winter for fab Christmas and new year.
Fortunately, it isn’t difficult to help your home, and you will have peace of mind starting a fresh and optimistic new year after a rather abysmal 2021:
Check Water Pipes
Water is a potential hazard over the winter months. If you aren’t careful, leaking pipes can freeze and cause a disaster. Frozen pipes can burst, damaging the pipes themselves, your boiler, and flooding. You can prevent freezing pipes by installing boiler insulation.
If you aren’t sure about problem areas, a plumber is always a handy service to keep in mind. Leaking taps should also be addressed, and if you aren’t home, leave the heating on low to keep the water flowing without freezing over.
Bring Outdoor Furniture Inside
Summer is gone, and the brand new outdoor stuff you splurged on might get destroyed if you leave it outside. So avoid disappointment and a costly summer next year by bringing your new furniture inside. By bringing it inside, you can protect it from the harsh winter elements. And with Christmas just around the corner, you never know if you will need it for some extra seating at your dinner table. Can you remember a time when someone didn’t turn up unexpectedly?
Stock Up On Snow Removal
Winter brings extremely cold weather, and cold weather typically brings snow. The kids love snow, and it transforms the local area into a winter wonderland. However, snow is an extreme hazard. It is, therefore, beneficial to pre-empt the effects of what can happen. Stock up on snow removal items such as shovels and grit for your driveway. Additionally, purchase scarpers and deicer for your vehicles. And if the snow is particularly bad, you could also consider winter tires or wheel chains for keeping your grip on the icy roads.
Energy prices are increasing all the time, which means heating your home gets more expensive each winter. In the UK, for example, energy prices recently increased significantly. As a result, predictions state that millions of people may not adequately heat their homes. Prepare for the worst by ensuring you have enough gas and electricity for the colder days and nights. If you can’t afford to heat your home, save on utilities by switching off appliances, using blankets, and keeping windows and doors closed.
Clear the Gutters
The gutters of your home are essential for the maintenance of almost every component. Primarily for the roof, your gutters also protect the foundations and walls. If you allow your gutters to overflow, you run the risk of weakened foundations, collapsed walls, and a sunken roof. The reason is that the gutters are responsible for drainage. If excess debris and water accumulate, it prevents drainage and becomes heavy. But the water has to go somewhere. Therefore, it will dissipate into other parts of the home, eventually causing a disaster.
*Photos by EKATERINA BOLOVTSOVA