Protect against the elements this winter

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Following a summer that more closely resembled autumn, the grip of winter is now tightening and people are bracing themselves for freezing temperatures and inclement weather.

However, while many people will think about giving their car a winter service or buying some new clothes to keep them warm, many will neglect something else that is susceptible to bad weather - the house.

Autumn is a great time to think about how the house can be protected against the elements, and this begins by taking a look at the exterior of the property and what can be done to enhance it.

Removing leaves from guttering is a good idea if home insurance holders want to prevent blockages and potential water damage to the home, while the seals of all windows and doors should be checked out to see if they need replacing.

In some instances, it can be more cost-effective to buy a new window or door than have an old one replaced, so people should bear in mind the short-term outlay when set against the long-term cost of constantly repairing old factures.

The roof is another area that needs extra attention at this time of year, when it is particular susceptible to ice getting between the cracks, and a thorough inspection by a professional is advised if householders want to prevent any minor damage becoming major.

Replacing a couple of tiles before the bad weather truly takes hold is far more preferable to having a significant portion of the roof fixed if ice gets underneath the slates and wreaks havoc.

Another essential pre-emptive measure for home insurance holders - especially those heading away over the summer - is to make sure pipes are now allowed to freeze.

When leaving the house empty for a significant length of time, householders should leave the heating on a very low temperature so that the pipes are not allowed to freeze and they do not return from holiday to the worst possible welcome home present - a flooded house.

Posted by Noel Martin.

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