The wet weather can play havoc with our homes and like most things a little preparation can go a long way to maintaining your home. This week we are set to see the temperatures plummet and also get wetter. However, there are many practical steps that you can take to ensure that you keep your home in the best possible condition. Last Christmas we had a heating malfunction and it impacted on Christmas which was unfortunate and Lee had to spend Boxing Day waiting for a heating engineer rather than joining the rest of the family at a Boxing Day meal. Therefore take these steps to winter proof your home.
These tips will help you winter proof your home over the winter months, allowing you to enjoy the frosty season without worrying about any damage it can cause.
- If the weather turns really cold your pipes are at risk of freezing, therefore, it can be useful to keep the radiators on a low heat constantly. This stops them freezing which can result in burst pipes which would then require water removal specialists. Water removal can be challenging and water damage can have a long lasting effect on our homes.
- We are slowing turning the home into a smart home which means that we can now control the heating remotely and means we no longer walk into a cold home. This is really useful if we have been out for a few hours and are cold!
- Windows can suffer with condensation which can lead to mold around the window frames. Therefore make wiping down damp areas part of your morning routine. The mold can be linked to health conditions and make areas damp if not treated as it happens.
- Stop droughts which make your home cold by using easy solutions. like door protectors.
- Seal any gaps in the floor boards or attic. We have had squirrels taking refuge in our attic in past years and believe me they cause so much damage. They also like to party at night and were very noisy. We found the gaps at the corner where they were getting in and sealed them up. We did this ourselves with chicken wire and newspaper!
- We have tiled flooring in the hallway which is great for keeping it clean but does mean water and slush is easily bought into the home. We have a good quality doormat that dries our shoes off. We also keep a towel by the door for the dog who often comes in wet.
- Also look after the outside of your home by putting away the garden furniture or at least protecting it with a cover. Also cover plants that maybe killed off by the frost.
These steps will help you winter proof your home which in turn saves you money. If things go wrong it is often more expensive to fix them rather than prevent the issues occurring in the first place.