As the nights grow darker and the days get colder, it’s time to start prepping your home for the winter months. Mayfair and Morgan have compiled a list of areas that need attention to be ready for Jack Frost. Move over lads – these girls have no limits!
One of the most important bits of advice we would give is to have home insurance, to check you have sufficient cover and know what is and isn’t included. The darker nights lead to higher crime rates and as the weather declines, it is vital to check your policy covers not only theft but fires and floods as well. It is more likely that you will end up needing to make a claim under your home insurance policy during this time.
CLEAR GUTTERS, DOWNPIPES AND GULLIES
Gutters, downpipes and gullies are crucial to the health of your home. By diverting water away from your property, they protect the foundation of your home, prevent erosion and help to avoid flooding. In order to protect your home the guttering, downpipes and gullies need to be cleaned regularly. Clear all debris to prevent a build-up which could result in icy, heavy gutters collapsing. If gutters are broken or damaged, it is important to get these repaired to prevent further damage.
TEST YOUR HEATING/ SERVICE YOUR BOILER
We recommend you have your boiler serviced every year to keep it running efficiently. This may be a requirement for your insurance policy validity. Now is the time to check if your radiators need bled, check the condition of the boiler, and have the thermostat set at the ideal temperature for you during winter. It is a good idea to keep your heating on a timer, to keep the system running smoothly, heating your pipes and home regularly and helping to prevent them freezing.
SWEEP THE CHIMNEY AND CHECK CARBON MONOXIDE MONITORS AND SMOKE ALARMS
Before settling down for nights of Netflix in front of the fire, we recommend you have your chimney swept to remove any blockages, keep all ventilation points clear and to prevent any fires or dangerous carbon monoxide gases from entering the home, causing unthinkable tragedies. It is also vital to check your carbon monoxide monitors, your smoke alarms and replace any batteries in the units.
FIX WINDOW AND DOOR SEALS
Check putty and seals around all doors and windows and fill any gaps to prevent draughts that will make your rooms cold. Check for any signs of damp as this could indicate that the sealant on the outside is failing.
SAFEGUARD YOUR PIPES
Are your pipes and water tank sufficiently lagged (insulated)? Has the lagging slipped over time? If so, now is the time to safeguard your pipes. Do you know where the mains water stopcock is? It is
usually under the kitchen sink! Make sure you can turn it easily because if a pipe bursts in the house, this is the first thing to locate and turn off.
SECURE THE OUTSIDE AREAS
With high winds, heavy rain and a drop in temperature, it is important to secure the outside area and fix any issues as soon as possible. Maintain paths and drives by filling in cracks before the frost
makes them bigger. Check your roof for broken or missing tiles to prevent leaks which can cause the structure to deteriorate. With high winds, it is likely that any broken fences or gates could become flying debris. This could cause further damage to your house, or worse someone else’s so it is important to fix any issues now. Our sheds hold our garden furniture and other expensive equipment. Keep these items safe and secure to prevent them getting damaged or stolen.
Collate a list of important numbers and keep them in a place that is easily accessible. This is a vital task for us as agents dealing with so many maintenance issues that arise.