5 Home Checks You Need To Make Before Winter
The days are getting longer, average temperatures are rising, and soon you will start thinking about planning barbecues or hosting outdoor dinner parties at your home.
There's no denying that the warmer weather makes everyone feel happy and gets them in the party mood!
You've probably forgotten about the past few months when it was bitterly cold outdoors, and you've probably even seen some snow on a few occasions.
While you undoubtedly want to put winter behind you and focus on the summer months, it makes sense to conduct some home maintenance tasks, so your home is ready for the next winter period.
Doing these tasks now, rather than in the middle of winter, will save you a lot of time and money - especially if you need to fix anything! With that in mind, here are the top five home checks you need to carry out before the next winter season:
1. Heating And Hot Water Systems
The most crucial check you need to make in your home relates to your heating and hot water systems. As you can appreciate, both systems are essential - especially during the cold winter months. If they're not working correctly, you could run into serious problems.
It makes sense to have a professional heating engineer check those systems.
They can diagnose any current or potential future issues, so whether you need a simple fan limit switch or even a new radiator, you can address any problems now while the weather is warm and you aren't reliant on your heating system.
2. Log Burners
Do you have one or more log burners in your home? If so, now is a great time to conduct some checks on them and carry out some essential annual maintenance.
For instance, you should have your chimneys swept to minimise the risk of fires starting due to any soot build-up. It would help if you also cleaned out any ash and soot inside your log burners to ensure they are as efficient as possible.
3. Mains Water Pipes
You probably already know that you should lag any exterior water pipes during winter to prevent them from freezing. The trouble with frozen pipes is that the water inside them expands those pipes and can cause them to burst when the water thaws out.
Carry out a thorough inspection of all your exterior water pipes and replace any damaged pipes or taps.
4. Roof Tiles
A well-insulated roof will ensure that all hot air in your home doesn't escape and keeps your home as warm as possible while using the least amount of fuel to ensure adequate heat levels.
The trouble is that broken roof tiles can let heat escape from your home - and potentially cause internal water damage when it rains.
Carry out a quick visual check at ground level from afar, and if you spot any missing or damaged tiles, get a roofer to come and address those issues for you.
5. Door And Window Seals
One final check to make relates to your door and window seals. During the winter months, gaps in your doors and windows can let in cold air from outside, making it hard to keep your home warm.
A quick visual inspection of all your doors and windows will reveal if you need to fix any broken seals.