How to winterproof your home
Winter has arrived, we’re ready for festive cheer, crisp snowy walks and relaxing by the fire. But it’s not all sleigh bells and cosy evenings; falling temperatures increase the chances of your home fuel and repair bills rising. Don’t let the outside affect the inside, take these few simple steps to make sure your home is protected throughout the colder months.
Wrap those pipes
Pipes need special attention in the winter months. With extreme freezing and thawing, metal pipes are more prone to fracture or burst, with the potential to cause vast damage to your home. You can pick up foam jackets for your pipes and hot water cylinder quite cheaply, and the good news is they’ll help keep your water warm, saving you a few pounds on the heating bill too.
Protect your furniture
The great outdoors doesn’t always live up its name in the winter months. Constant battering from rain, snow and frost can leave your garden furniture discoloured and damaged. Get ahead of the game, grab a tin of waterproof paint from our website and keep all your exterior woodwork and furniture looking fresh for spring.
Get the tools for the job
The last thing you’ll want to do in the winter months is try to find a hardware store if something does go wrong – especially over the Christmas break. Make sure you’re all stocked up with the right tools to fix leaks and breaks as soon as they happen.
Stop the draughts
Nothing drains the heat from your home more than leaks and gaps in windows and doors. An easy way to tell where a draught is coming from is to hold a lit candle close to the frame, check for a flicker and locate the draught; then you can simply patch the gap with sealant to help keep your home warm.
Cover your electrics
Stormy weather can cause vast amounts of damage to outdoor electrics. Make sure you’ve bought some waterproof casing to protect electrical cables and keep people and animals safe; especially if you’re planning on using outdoor decorations at Christmas. This weatherproof box is a quick and easy fix.
Add some insulation
One of the biggest culprits for heat loss in your home is through your roof. If it’s not properly insulated this can hike up your fuel bills, especially in winter. Make sure you pad out attics, crawl holes and even basements to save energy, heat and money. Do you have any top tips for weatherproofing? Let us know on Twitter or Facebook