After the busy festive period and seeing in the new year, it’s now time the perfect time to start getting your home in order. Especially before the weather systems get more extreme in the latter half of winter. With gale-force winds, freezing temperatures, flooding and even snow in some areas, the last thing you need is a home maintenance problem in the middle of Winter.

Here are some key things think about to avoid a disastrous mid-winter home maintenance issue:

Home Checks

With the low temperatures and temperamental weather, your heating system works every day to keep your home warm. Checking your heating and boiler is important to ensure you aren’t left in the cold throughout the winter period.
With the extreme cold weather and gale-force winds that have occurred this winter, checking your roof for damage is a must. Even the smallest cavity or crack can fill with ice which can expand and lead to water leaking into the house. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, have a professional check it. The sooner you catch an issue like this the better. You’ll be able to prevent lots of costly damage!

Plumbing

Pipe insulation - ensure your pipes have insulation

It’s always best to check your taps and pipes over this time of year for any leaks or drips. The cold weather can freeze pipes and cause them to burst. Check if your pipes are insulated sufficiently to prevent the water inside freezing and expanding. Pipe insulation costs pennies, whereas a leak can cost considerably more to repair. It’s also good to be aware of the your stop-cocks. A frozen stop-cock could something bad if you get a leak that could be uncontrollable and cause havoc.

Electrical

During the winter months, it is quite common for your electrical system to be under more of a strain the usual. Everyone is usually tucked up inside with the lights on, charging devices and using various home entertainment systems (not to mention the extra electric blankets and heaters that people may be using). You should always avoid overloading any socket in your home as the consequences can be catastrophic. One common tell-tale sign of electrical problems is your breakers tripping regularly or lights flickering. If you are experiencing any of these issues you should consult a professional for a check-up, or you might be left in the dark!

We hope these tips help you avoid any issues, you can find more helpful tips on our blog. If you find yourself in an unfortunate situation don’t be afraid to contact us, we’d be happy to help!

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