With the cold weather beginning to creep in, it’s time to ensure your home is winter-ready. According to the Met Office, 5.4 million British households experienced weather-related damage in the last five years, some of which having costs of up to £5,000. So buckle down the hatches, it’s better to be safe than sorry!
Test the boiler
If your boiler is still relatively new, you won’t have anything to worry about but if it’s been knocking around for a while, now is the time to check it. Boilers commonly break down in winter and can cost up to £1,000 to replace. Shockingly, around two in three households have never had their boilers serviced.
Britain has been experiencing its fair share of storms recently, with Storm Brian recently wreaking havoc throughout the country. Now is the time to check the stability of trees in your garden and the tiles on the roof of your house. If you don’t, you could wake up one morning with a hole in your roof!
Numb fingers, numb toes and frozen pipes are all possibilities in winter. Not many of us realise how important it is to insulate outside pipes and safeguard them from freezing. Frozen pipes can crack and cause all sort of havoc in the form of flooding your home and leaving it without water.
It is important to locate your stoptap in case of a water-related emergency. A stoptap can turn off the flow of water throughout your house in case of an imminent flood. They are usually located under the kitchen sink and sometimes in a cupboard, garage or cellar.
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