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How to winter proof your house

As the temperature falls and you retreat indoors, it’s time to make your home cosy and comfortable for the winter months. Here are a few simple ways to make sure your home is ready for the chill:

Look to the roof

Check for damage on the roof, for example broken tiles or cracked chimney pots that may be dislodged by wind, or become damaged over time and consequently let in rain. Get repairs under way before the bad weather hits.

Peep into the loft

Is your insulation still up to standard to help you keep your home warm? Is there any evidence of leaks in the roof? If so, it’s a good idea to get it checked out sooner rather than later. Make sure your pipes have adequate insulation to prevent them from freezing.

Give the walls a once-over

Have a good look around your property, paying attention to the pointing and cladding. Any damaged areas should be repaired before moisture and frost can cause problems.

Keep the heat in

Look at ways of ensuring that warmth doesn’t escape. This includes hanging heavy curtains or lining the curtains you already have. Remember to close the curtains at dusk, to keep in the heat when the temperature falls. Track down draughty spots around the house, such as the letter box, which could be fitted with a draught excluder.

Get a service

Have your boiler serviced and bleed the radiators to make your heating system as efficient as possible. Change the thermostat and the timer for the colder weather.

Stock up for winter

It’s wise to be prepared and pre-buy anti-freeze, de-icer, salt for the path and possibly a new snow shovel, before the weather changes.

Clear the gutters

Remove all leaves, moss and other debris from gutters and drains. They can quickly block up and you might not realise there’s a problem until the first downpour by which time it might be too late.

Burning issue

If you have a traditional chimney get the fire ready for some cosy evenings beside a blazing hearth by having it swept. This will clear obstructions such as birds’ nests and any build-up of soot, thereby making your fire more efficient at warming your home and reducing the risk of a chimney fire.

If you had a Benenden Home Insurance policy with additional Home Emergency cover, you could get peace of mind from knowing if you had a burst pipe or a water leak, we could get a qualified tradesman to your home as quickly as possible to stop any further damage to your home or contents.

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