Rain, strong wind and freezing temperatures can be detrimental to both our homes and gardens, causing damage to buildings, outdoor furniture and plants. Before winter arrives, it’s essential that you prepare your home for the cold months ahead. Nobody wants burst pipes or a boiler that has broken down, so here are some tips on how you can get ready for those bitter months at home.
In the home
Get your boiler checked
The last thing you want over winter is a broken-down boiler, so make sure that you get it checked or serviced annually by a plumber. If you haven’t kept on top of your maintenance checks, then get it serviced as soon as possible. No heating when it is freezing outside won’t be much fun!
Keep your central heating turned on
Leaving your central heating on throughout winter can help to prevent frost damage and frozen pipes. This is especially important if you’re going away – it only has to be on low and for a few hours each day. However, be aware that this could also increase your bills. If you’re feeling anxious about the costs of keeping your house warm this winter, why not do a price comparison now to see if you’re on the cheapest tariff?
Check your roof tiles
If you have any missing, loose or cracked tiles, it could be in your best interest to replace them before winter. When the wind starts to pick up or the snow begins to fall, this could cause a lot of damage to a roof that is in need of repairing. If you can’t cover the cost of repairs, you may need to consider borrowing money from a trusted lender.
In the garden
Protect your plants
If you have any tropical plants in your garden that won’t be able to survive the cold temperatures, remember to bring them inside to protect them over winter.
Some plants and young trees are particularly vulnerable to the cold, so it’s important to ensure that you cover them with a protection fleece, or an old blanket that you don’t need in the house anymore. If it is particularly windy outside, guarantee that the blanket won’t blow away by weighing it down.
Cover your garden furniture
Harsh weather can take its toll on wooden, metal and plastic outdoor furniture, so make sure that you protect it. If you have the room to store your table and chairs in your garage or shed, that would be your best option. However, if the furniture will be staying outside throughout the winter, ensure that it is covered well. Store your furniture on a flat surface, find a waterproof cover that fits and secure it well.
Keep a close eye on your pond
If you have a pond in your garden, invest in an effective net to keep the surface free from debris. When temperatures hit freezing outside, find an item such as a ball to float in there. The movement of the object will help to prevent a layer of ice forming, which can be harmful for your fish.
By following these handy tips, your home should be prepared for those cold, winter months!