Most of us woke us to a beautiful covering of snow this morning, this is the view from the Ridge in Marple!
As gorgeous as this view is, the cold weather can have an effect on our homes, so we have put together some handy tips to keep you home toasty and warm and well looked after
1. Check your boiler and heating system
If you haven’t done so already this year, get your boiler checked and/or serviced by a Gas Safe registered plumber. There’s nothing worse than being left without hot water or heating in the bleak mid winter!
2. Secure roof tiles
Check for any cracked, missing or loose tiles and replace them. If a roof is in disrepair, strong winds and the weight of snow can wreak havoc on your roof.
Look for cracks and loose render around chimney pots and at the roof join. High winds and heavy rain can damage chimneys even further so make sure they’re properly stable before the worst of the weather kicks in.
4. Keep the central heating on
Set the central heating to a minimum of 14 degrees Celsius throughout the winter. This helps prevent frozen pipes and frost damage
5. Prepare your windows
Take a look at your window frames, filling any cracks and putting on a coat of paint if needed. Extreme temperatures and wet weather can cause untreated wood to expand and rot, so treating windowsills helps to prevent this.
6. Keep your pipes warm
Apply lagging to any pipes and water tanks in exposed areas such as lofts, garages and utility rooms to prevent pipes freezing and bursting in the cold weather. The last thing you want is to be left without a water supply!
7. Clear your gutters
As the autumn leaves fall, gutters and drains can get clogged with loose foliage. Once the block becomes too much, water will start to collect in your gutter and eventually start leaking into your roof. Clear your gutters to void this fateful scenario.