• Posted by Steve Playle – 13 November 2017 Wednesday Nov 22, 2017

Is your home ready for winter?

The clocks have gone back, it’s now dark when we leave for work and dark when we get home and Bonfire Night is out of the way, which means that we have moved into the winter period. There have been some snow flurries is some parts of the UK already so, at this time of year, you really need to make sure that your home is ready and you are properly prepared for the next few months.

Here are some top tips for you to think about:

  • If you have managed to resist the temptation so far to fire up your heating system then you must have a propensity to wear lots of layers indoors.However, switching it on for an hour or so now is a really good idea because it will give you peace of mind that it works and you can make sure now that there aren’t any leaks or other problems.There may be some radiators that are a bit cold at the top, which is a sign that they may have some air in them.This is highly inefficient and you need to bleed them if you know what to do.If you’re not confident, you can kill two birds with one stone by getting your boiler serviced by a Gas Safe registered tradesperson (https://www.gassaferegister.co.uk) or find someone on the TrustMark register and ask them to check your radiators at the same time.The advantage of getting a plumber out to your property now is that if the worst happens in the midst of a cold spell this winter, you know who to call out to help. Better to do it this way now rather than taking potluck with an unknown trader when you are in a more vulnerable position.There are rogue tradespeople out there so do some research and perhaps seek some recommendations from friends or family members.
  • It is worth making sure that your gutters are clear of autumn leaves. Blocked gutters will lead to leaks and water dripping down the side of your property will make the external walls wet and is not to be recommended. If, you aren’t confident with getting up a ladder, your window cleaner might be happy to oblige for a small additional payment.
  • If you’re unlucky enough to live in an area that is at risk from flooding, make sure that you have your personal flood plan prepared. Make sure you are signed up to the Environment Agency alerts and check their website for more detailed information and advice. https://www.gov.uk/check-flood-risk
  • This is the time of year that gas and electricity bills tend to go through the roof so it is important that you check you are on the cheapest tariff available from your supplier. Sadly, the energy companies do not currently ensure they are giving every customer the best deal possible and it is up to each of us to shop around and switch if necessary.
  • Make sure that your current house insurance is in place and up to date. It may just come to your rescue if you have some problems through the winter.
  • Perhaps most important of all, check with elderly or vulnerable family members, friends or neighbours that they are properly prepared for winter in the same way that you are.They will really appreciate your concern about their well-being.






Steve Playle – 13 November 2017