It is that time of year again where we all need to wrap up, turn the heating on and have a constant supply of hot chocolate. But it is not only us who are affected by the cold frosty weather – so are our homes. The majority of High Net Worth home insurers will provide home emergency cover that will assist with those emergency situations such as a leaking pipe or your boiler breaking down. Here are a few tips for keeping your home winter ready.
Annual Boiler Service
Most energy providers can include a service facility for Boiler breakdowns/problems, however if this is not something you have or want always make sure any Engineers used are Gas Safety registered. It is always best to arrange this prior to the winter months to avoid any cold nights without heating or hot water.
Clear Drains and Gutters
As colder weather approaches, trees shed their leaves. For homes in locations where tall trees drop their leaves, drains and gutters can easily get blocked, which can cause many issues. Make sure these are regularly cleared throughout the winter months to prevent damage to your pipes and roof.
Regulate your Pipe Temperatures
We are not the only ones who needs scarfs to keep warm. It is a good idea to protect your pipes with a layer of foam (lagging) which helps to prevent them freezing and bursting.
They may not be the prettiest of things but will help to keep those drafts out. Also check for gaps around windows and use a sealant if needed.
Fire Places and Chimneys
Cosy nights in front of the fire are one of the plus points of winter but make sure your fireplace and chimney are clean to avoid any debris from catching alight and keep everything working nicely.
With that all done you can hopefully enjoy a warm and cosy winter.
Written by: Sarah Barrett, Broking Team Manager.