Not many of us pre-prepare for the winter months, however our guide will talk you through step by step in how to keep the winter freeze at bay. By just making a few careful inspections, you’ll be sure to stay ahead of the icy conditions. Minimizing risks, can potentially save yourself from a major cash-loss if your home is winter proof.
How to Winterize Flowers and Plants
The first thing that you should check is, the temperature conditions your plants can survive in. Get to know your plants and trees, as they all require different needs. Hydrate, prune, and protect is the mantra to keep your plant friends safe and sound.
If you have hanging plants, Nature and Garden recommend that you wrap them up in bubble wrap. Bubble wrap helps protects the roots from the frost and to keep them snug throughout the cold months.
Protect your fence from the wind
Winter’s hash winds can often put your fences to the test. It can be a sobering experience looking through your window in the morning, seeing your fences blown down (or completely blown away). To avoid such inconvenience, we’d recommend removing overhanging trees from the garden to prevent them from falling on your fence.
Old fences tend to rot, so ensure you give them a good scan to see if they are still sturdy and strong. If all else fails and your fences unfortunately taking a beating, some home insurance companies covers damage costs to fences.
Check your boiler and heating system
We all get slightly on edge, whenever we hear our boilers sound a little bit funny. With our heating on the line, the boiler is one of the most important aspects of the home. Book in to get your boiler serviced once a year. Be mindful to connect with the technician early in the year, so you won’t be left without a boiler when you need it most.
Temperatures can rapidly plummet, catching us all off guard. Frozen pipes are one of the most popular complaints according to call out engineers. A quick and effective way to prevent this is to insulate pipes that are likely to be exposed to the elements with pipe insulation, which is relatively cheap and simple to use.
Clean out your gutters
If gutter maintenance doesn’t appear on your housing duties, it would be a good idea to add it on to your list. As our gutters aren’t clearly in visible view, it’s easy to forget that they needs some tender loving care too. When the autumn leaves have fallen, they tend to build up in the gutters and drains. To ensure rainfall isn’t blocked, make sure you get somebody to regularly clean your gutters to allow clear flow.
Bleed your radiators
In short, bleeding a radiator is simply releasing air that has become trapped inside, improving the efficient of your heating system. With winter coming on strong, it’s important to stay cosy. It’s generally recommended to bleed your radiators once a year. But how do you know when to bleed your radiators? The main signal is if your radiator is taking too long to heat up, or you can feel cold patches across the radiator. The cold patches are caused by trapped air or gas.
Last but not least, you can’t beat being wrapped up in a thick fluffy blanket, drinking a piping hot chocolate. Another trick is to add some long draping curtains particularly if your windows aren’t double glazed. You’ll be surprised by winter proofing your home, you can cut down on your heating costs.