There are a number of tasks you can do to prepare your home from the winter weather.
Winter typically brings strong winds, heavy rain or extreme cold and snow. Here are some suggestions of jobs you could be doing now to prepare for the months ahead.
1. Know what to do in a Powercut
Get in touch with your supplier, Electricity North West and find out what to do in the event of a power cut – visit their website at www.enwl.co.uk or call 0800 195 4141 for more information.
2. Ensure you’re insured
Sometimes no amount of planning and preparation can prevent the weather damaging your property. Buildings insurance offers peace of mind, so ensure your policy is up to date and covers what you need it to.
3. Avoid flying garden furniture
When high winds are forecast, remember that some everyday items in the garden can become ‘missiles’ – think along the lines of airborne trampolines and garden furniture.
4. Check your roof
Before it gets windy it’s also worth checking for loose tiles, slates and flashing and consider removing dead branches from old trees.
5. Clear your guttering and drains
Leaves are now falling and will have been blown into your gutters and drainpipes. If this builds up, the water will go back into the guttering and leak into the roof and sides of your house. It is also a good idea to clear build up of leaves from around drains to prevent surface water flooding.
6. Trim up
To avoid build-up of leaves in the guttering, the best thing to do is to prune your trees before winter really kicks in. This can also help with avoiding snow building up on the trees, which with it brings the risk of damage from broken branches.
7. Insulate Pipes
It’s important to make sure water pipes and water tanks in the loft are insulated with good quality lagging. This will not only protect from freezing but it will help insulate your hot water system and save you money.
8. Check your flood risk
Check if your home is at risk of flooding, and sign up for free flood warnings at http://www.flood-warning-information-service.gov.uk