As the weather cools off, it’s essential to make sure your home is ready to protect you for the winter. If your winters are as cold as mine, you know that heat loss is a really big problem.
To make sure your home keeps the chill outside this winter, there are some essential tasks to do first. Whatever kind of building you live in, there could be quite a checklist to get through.
So let’s get started!
As the weather starts to cool off, the wildlife attempts to move in. And it isn’t just house spiders you need to worry about either.
Rodents and other undesirables will enter your property through the smallest of gaps. While you may not think this is a huge problem, it can be dangerous for your family. After all, where are the little darlings going to the toilet? Just because you can’t see them, it doesn’t mean you’re not infested.
You should start by calling out an expert in pest control to manage the problem. Once it’s under control, you can look to sealing off their points of entry. This will prevent it happening again. It’s also a good way to ensure you’re not losing any heat unnecessarily too. The roof is the worst offender when it comes to heat loss. Check you have full coverage of loft insulation. The next area of loss is usually the window. You can invest in some thermal block curtains to help with this in the evenings.
During the day, head up to your loft and check you can’t see any daylight. If you can, it means a roof tile is loose. This can quickly lead to devastating water damage so it must be fixed. This is a dangerous job so hire a roofer to repair the problem. Most roof spaces have soft cladding on the inside. You can replace or repair this quite easily yourself. Check what supplies your DIY store has in stock.
Pipework can be vulnerable to freezing temperatures. Follow the route of your pipes to check it is all well insulated. This is an easy DIY job. You can buy foam pipe cladding from your local DIY store. It is usually pre-cut. You can then just pop it onto the pipe to help keep it warm. While you are working on your pipes, double check all the joints are dry. If they’re leaking, tighten them to stop the drips.
Winter can bring lots of rain and even snow. Now is a good time to clear out your guttering, so you don’t suffer from damp. Check all the drains around the exterior of your property are clear too. Standing water can cause damp to the outside of your home that is damaging. Check fence panels are secure and unlikely to blow over in the wind.
Depending on your property, you may have more or fewer tasks to complete this winter. There is always plenty to do and plenty to check on when you own your own home. Keep an eye on your buildings this winter.
If you want something done, do it yourself; other wise it’ll never get done. Learn to do it if you don’t know and never despair until you finish what has to be done.