❄ Winter home maintenance

  • Lauren's Avatar
    Community Manager
    ❄ Hello everyone,

    Checkatrade is highlighting the dangers of poor winter home maintenance, as new research reveals 1 in 5 homeowners are at risk of gas poisoning as they shun the £80 cost of an annual boiler service.

    However, boilers are not the only home feature being neglected this winter. In fact, almost a third (30%) of people donít check their homeís pipes for leaks exposing themselves to potential freezes these winter months. Meanwhile, 27% of homeowners also never get their chimney swept or roof maintained (23%) with over a quarter (27%) also ignoring cold draughts by never checking their window and door seals.

    With many homeowners in danger of boiler issues, mould, and blocked gutters this winter, Checkatrade has created seven key checks for people to undertake to not only prevent cold weather damage but also reduce the chance of potentially costly issues further down the line:

    1. Have your boiler and heating system serviced
    Heating engineers recommend an annual boiler service to minimise the risk of Carbon Monoxide poisoning, to prevent breakdowns, keep running costs reasonable and validate manufacturer warranties. Furthermore, to avoid frozen or burst pipes, condensation, or mould this winter, itís advised to keep the heating on for at least an hour a day in the cooler months too. Checkatrade encourages homeowners to get their boiler serviced before the temperature really drops to ensure people are not caught short without heating or hot water during a cold spell. ✅

    2. Check your radiators
    When getting a boiler service and overall heating checked, itís also a good opportunity to have any radiators looked over as well. Air in the pipes can affect the temperature output and if air pockets are found, itís a simple fix that can make a massive difference to the effectiveness of a homeís heating system. Checkatrade advises homeowners to turn the heating system on full and feel each radiator for any cold spots. If there are cold spots, then use a radiator key to open the air valve on the side to release the air. ✅

    3. Check your insulation
    Not only does insulation keep you extra warm but to avoid condensation build-up, leaks, damage and structural issues, homeowners should check the insulation in their lofts, walls and floor. Itís important to have the right insulation to improve the heat efficiency within a home. ✅

    4. Tackle cold draughts
    Try weatherstripping tape on windows and doors to reduce any draughts. In older homes, itís a good idea to also fill any gaps in the floorboards. For a permanent fix, consider new flooring and even underfloor heating.
    Homeowners can even use a weatherproof sealant such as this one to repair any peeling or cracks in the seals around windows and doors. ✅

    5. Clear your guttering
    Ensuring your water can flow freely and doesnít strain or break any gutters is essential during the winter months. Clearing dead leaves, moss, and debris from the previous seasons can often fall at the bottom of homeowners Ďto-do lists so itís important to tackle gutters before winter sets in to avoid damp and rotting. ✅

    6. Roof and chimney inspections
    The chimney is one of the most neglected items in our home. Be sure to keep an eye out for debris, cracked tiles and leaning chimney breasts not only in the run-up to winter but throughout the year. ✅​​​​​​​

    7. Donít forget your garden pots
    For green-fingered homeowners, the cold weather can do a lot of damage to your plants. Checkatrade suggests using horticulture fleece to wrap the perennials that are too big to bring inside as it stops them from freezing or dying off when temperatures drop. ✅

    If you have any other tips on winter home maintenance please comment below👇 or ask the expert trades a question here >>

    Kind regards,
    Lauren
    Last edited by Lauren; 24-11-21 at 12:40.
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  • 2 Replies

  • Gutterpro East Kent's Avatar
    Level 3
    So true every home should get there gutters checked yearly. Blocked up downpipes and gutters can lead to damp and mould. Use a company tat does before and after pictures so you can see whatís been done
    Angus
    Gutterpro East Kent
  • ToolTalk1's Avatar
    Level 20
    @Lauren
    A great list I totally agree with all of them.

    1. I would add that the drains that the rain water runs away, often get blocked too!
    which can lead to water over flowing onto foot paths - worst still soaking into the ground causing damp & under mining the building itself if left un treated.
    2. Check all exterior drains to be sure water can freely drain away
    3. check cracked glass & faulty putty on older properties rain water can really cause expensive damage leading big repair bills
    4. Foot paths can get slippery if they are left with green Algae on, this is a quick fix
    5. drain off the exterior garden tap & isolate the supply from inside
    6. Make sure your house is up-to date with buildings & contents insurance! If a disaster should happen at least make sure your protected with insurance

    Planed maintenance is without question the best policy.

    We look after ourselves?
    1. Eyes
    2. Teeth
    3. Hair
    4. Nails

    Regular maintenance of ourselves keeps everything in ship shape condition & also highlights anything that isnít

    Our Homes are no different.

    Make a list & book appointment with the right tradespeople to keep your home as healthy as you keep you!