Winter is one of those seasons that you have to get through. Some people love it. It brings with it snowy weather, festive scenes and a New Year in which you can make resolutions and goals. Others don’t like it, because the weather can be an issue. Not to mention the illnesses you can get and also the feeling of low mood due to the highs of Christmas and then the lows of January. Feeling the pressure with money and such. It happens to all of us. However, you can prepare your home and life for winter. Making things much more manageable. With that in mind, here are some of the things that you can do.
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Gutters causing leaks
One of the first things you could come across when the winter weather hits are issues with your gutters. During the fall, you will have noticed that all of the leaves will have dropped from your trees. There is a lot of debris to deal with, and you may well have cleared it all away in your garden. Having it look tidy and ready for spring the following year. But, did you clear it away from the gutters on your home or the drains? If you don’t, then this can cause massive blockages. When the rain starts to fall, it has nowhere to drain off to, which can then cause leaks due to the weight on your gutters. It can also cause blockages in your drains, which can then lead on to floods in your garden. Cleaning the gutters and drain areas before the bad weather sets in will have them working the way they should.
The freezing temperatures that any of us can face in the winter can be quite hard to handle at the best of times. But the issue your home has with it comes down to your pipes. The pipes that access your home from the outside for things such as water. If those pipes freeze over, then you don’t get the water that you need feeding into your home. However, not only is that an issue, but you also face the possibility that those pipes will burst and crack once the temperature begins to rise. The ice may have expanded them in a way that cannot be fixed. But, before the bad weather turns, if you add a layer of insulation to those pies, such as a foam casing, then that could keep the water temperature just one of two degrees warmer than the outside temperature, causing the possibility of freezing to decline.
Weather causing damage
We may have already discussed the weather in terms of rain and freezing temperatures, but there are also storms that you may be faced with. High winds, hurricanes and rainstorms can hit your towns when you least expect it, and this can cause damage to your home in many different ways. Damage can be caused to windows if something has blown into them like a tree branch or swinging wire from a pole outside. Damaged windows can be quite daunting at first, but glass repairs are something that can be easily rectified if needed. Other damage can be caused to the brickwork, to your roof, and even to your car and outbuildings. Many storms that we face are predicted, and so it is always worth keeping an eye on weather reports so that you can do due diligence to ensure that things are as safe as they can be should the storm hit with severity.
Preparing your car for winter
One thing that you can consider would be to look at preparing your car for the winter months. It might be putting on winter tyres with better tread for the lousy weather. Or even looking at ensuring you start the car more often. It may be that winter highlights the need to change your car, so looking for deals and options could help. Maybe you could look at scrapping your car for cash to get some extra money to put toward a new one. The better condition your vehicle is in, the more it will get you through the winter months and keep you safe on the road.
Getting the finances in order
It may sound strange to think about your finances more so at different times of the year, but winter means that you need to be more aware of your spending. Not just at Christmas time for the extra expenditure but also the increase in energy costs. Saving and being extra cautious with your money will mean that you won’t be worried too much when unexpected bills land on the doorstep.
Heating and water issues
There is nothing worse than getting home on a cold day, or waking up and walking downstairs, to find that your heating system is not working as it should be. It can be a huge disaster. It always happens on the coldest day of the year, right? However, while you can never predict if this is going to happen, you can do things to help prevent it from happening. Getting your heating and water system checked out regularly and having your boiler serviced can help you to ensure that you keep things working and good order. Plus if a part looks like it is on its way out. Then getting it replaced or at least being aware of it, can help you to fix the issues far quicker. Servicing your boiler regularly ensures efficiency and if you find your home is struggling to get warm, it may be time to replace the boiler.
Rain, rain go away, but alas, during the winter, the rain can hit your home hard, and this can cause extra pressure on your roof especially if there has been some severe weather in terms of wind previously. Roof slates can move, and so with that will cause leaks into your home. The issue you have with your roof is that you may not even know there is a problem until the interior of your home starts to suffer. Many people have attic and loft spaces in which a roof would leak into at first. If there is a storm taking place, get your roof checked, or at the very least have someone look at it afterwards to ensure known slates have moved.
Let’s hope these suggestions help you when it comes to getting your home and life prepped for winter.