Ask Away...: Brrrrr!! While It's Still Winter, Is Your Home Protected?

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Brrrrr!! While It's Still Winter, Is Your Home Protected?

The days are feeling like they are shorter, and they certainly don’t feel like they are getting warmer. But, I guess we are over the initial hurdle of Winter and on the home stretch. However, this doesn't mean that we can’t still take precautionary actions to ensure our home is protected from the winter weather. After all, there are still plenty of cold and dark days to come, and we really don’t have a clue what the world is going to throw at us weather wise. So it’s always a good idea to make sure we protect our homes as best we can. If you have gotten this far with little drama, then I applaud you, but let’s not tempt fate here. With that in mind, I thought I would share with you some of the ways you can protect your home from harsh winter weather.


Let’s talk about pipework

Water needs to get into your home, waste needs to escape it. Our pipe systems can be complex, and they run throughout the whole house. They heat your home, they provide drinking water, and they certainly ensure that your toilet doesn’t smell thanks to a flushing system. So it’s important that we protect the pipework as best we can. There are a couple of areas of pipework that will perhaps need addressing to make sure they are protected from adverse weather conditions. The exterior pipework is the most vulnerable, being exposed to the weather head on. So it’s worth adding some additional protection onto these pipes to avoid them freezing, thawing, and then potentially causing burst pipes or flooding to your home. There are also the popes in the walls and more specifically your loft or attic areas. Even though there is still some protection from the weather, these pipes can freeze and cause you issues. This is where things like electric heat tape for water pipes could come in handy.


What about your windows and doors?

Drafts are not our friends. They can let heat escape but also send a cold draft inside our home to send shivers down our spines. Sometimes these drafts can enter our home through our windows and doors. I understand that replacing these items could be a costly affair, but sometimes you have to put other factors into perspective. If your home feels colder than it should be, then this will encourage you to crank up the heat. Therefore costing you more dollar in your heating bills. Having energy efficient windows and doors could even see a reduction in those bills and let's not forget the value it could add to the property itself.

Don’t let that valuable hot air escape

That precious hot air will not only escape through your doors or windows, but heat rises and so it could be escaping via your roof and even your walls. This is when ensuring that your home is properly insulated will again help you to keep the heat inside, where you need it to be. An insulated home will also help to keep those heating costs down.

I hope this helps you consider if your home is protected from the winter weather.

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