Prepare your property for winter

The time has come to prepare your property for the long winter months ahead. Preparation is key to help keep your property in tip top condition through winter. Follow these simple tips to help keep your property healthy

Prepare your property for winter

1. Outside
Pipes and gutters

As autumn turns into winter, the nights draw in and the leaves fall off the trees, problems can start to arise.

Pathways and drives
Not only do leaves on pathways and drives become slippery, but can block gutters and drains, causing water to run down brickwork which in turn causes damage to internal walls as well as external.

Clearing leaves regularly keeps pipes and drains free, allowing water to flow directly into drains and limits slips on pathways and drives.

Roof tiles
Tiles on roofs may have become loose during the summer months so it is always wise to check roof and ridge tiles before the winter storms set in.

Keeping your roof in tip top condition will help avoid any loose tiles falling. Remember falling tiles could hit someone and cause serious harm.

2. Boilers and Heating
We all want to keep our houses warm in the winter, so follow these simple steps to help to have a heating problem free winter.

Having your boiler serviced every year will help limit any issues. Addressing these issues earlier rather than later will no doubt save you money.

Heating pipes
Make sure foam lagging is fitted correctly to all pipes to help stop them from freezing.

Check radiators are all in good working order and heat up evenly, bleed any radiators that do not heat up evenly, this will allow any air to escape and should give you an even flow. Keeping the house at a steady 20 degrees will also help to maintain a freeze free winter. Thermostats can help to manage costs in rooms that are not used.

3. Walls and Window
Condensation is a big problem in the winter especially when our windows are closed and we want to keep our rooms warm. Room humidity should be around 50%, but once it starts to reach 70% condensation will start to foam and in time will turn to mould and damp.

To avoid condensation, keep air flowing around the room by using window vents and extractor fans. Avoid drying clothes on radiators, use an airier and keep in a well ventilated room with the door closed.

EPC Regulations
Having good installation will help to make a property more efficient. It is a legal requirement to have an energy performance of E or higher. Check that wall cavities are filled where possible (this may depend on the age of the house) and loft insulation is a minimum of 270mm thick for optimum results.

Don’t want the hassle of all of the above then contact a member of our team who will be happy to discuss how we can help and manage your property – giving you peace of mind!

Call our team at Newark on 01636 612002
or our Grantham team on 01476 565626

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