Top Tips for Autumn
The cold, wind, rain, fallen leaves and snow can do serious damage to your house over the autumn and winter. With a few precautionary measures you can make sure you and your home are warm, safe and more energy efficient this winter.
- Make sure there are no loose or missing roof tiles or slates. Check for cracks in the external walls. TV aerial is firmly fixed in place.
- Keep the guttering clear of any leaves and twigs, and not leaking or broken. Check the downpipes and drains are clear and working.
- Cut back nearby trees or branches that could cause damage if they fell.
- Ensure you have access to a shovel and salt or grit, for clearing snow and ice from paths and driveways. Set out salt and gravel containers if you have them in your garage or find out where your nearest public grit bin is.
- Make your home energy efficient, making it quicker and cheaper to heat.
- If cold weather is forecast keep your heating on at a low temperature to help prevent pipes from freezing
- Fit draught excluders to both your front door and internal doors.Make sure the loft and cavity walls are well insulated.Lag the pipes and water tanks – this can also prevent pipes from bursting.
- Know how to turn off the water supply if needed in an emergency.
- Don't forget to replace the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, in case the heating system is overworking.
- Know how to turn off the electricity supply at the mains.
- Have the boiler checked and serviced by a registered engineer, a broken boiler in winter can be expensive and inconvenient to fix.
- Check your insurance policy, to make sure you are protected for a full range of winter emergencies, such as flood or storm damage.
- Keep an emergency kit handy in case of power cuts. Include batteries, a torch, candles, matches and list of emergency contact numbers. It’s also a good idea to keep some warm clothing, food, and pet supplies and a battery operated radio if you live in a rural or remote area.