Handy Tips To Prepare Your Home For Heavy Snow
Sure the snow is fun for a little while but how can we prepare our home for the problems that arise with heavy snowfall?
Make Sure To Get Your Boiler Serviced
If you didn't get your boiler serviced in the summer then try to get it booked in as soon as can and before any really cold weather hits.
Increase Your Insulation
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If your loft insulation is already fitted and topped up then consider weatherproofing any gaps around your windows and doors with weather stripping tape — you can get this at most DIY stores. Or use plastic insulation backing on your windows to keep the cold out and your energy bills down.
Fix Problem Roof Tiles And Chimneys
It is important to maintain your roof's stability and condition. Your roof is the first point of contact from the elements and if it isn't kept in good condition then it may be at risk of cracking or caving under heavy snow conditions. If you haven't taken care of your roof and this is to happen then you may find that your insurance will not pay it.
Clear Your Gutters
Be sure to clear out any build up of debris that has gathered in your guttering as once the snow falls, the added weight may well put a strain on your guttering and lead to breakages or leaks.
Turn Up The Temperature On The Thermostat
Even if it's just just a touch.Try and have your heating come on for at least a part of every day during the cold months, even if you’re not home. This will keep your system ticking over nicely.
Protect Your Pipes
To stop your pipes from freezing cover them with insulated tubing. Check and fix any leaky taps as even a small drip can cause big problems.
Prepare Yourself For No Heating
Make sure you have plenty of sleeping bags, blankets and warm clothes/coats at home as in the unlikely even that you are left without any heating at all due to the snow you will need them to keep yourself and your family warm.
Make A Car Kit
Pack some de-icer, a scraper, some wiper fluid and antifreeze in case you need to get somewhere by car in the snow. Make sure to have a set of jump leads too! It’s a good idea to keep some food, water and a blanket or two in your car too. Have a torch on hand, and always take your phone and a charger with you when you leave.