It’s National Maintenance Week! Founded in 2015 by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, this annual campaign is dedicated to reminding people how vital proper maintenance is during the winter months.
“Maintenance makes a difference – never put it off!” says National Maintenance Week spokesman and TV archaeologist, Neil Oliver. “The longer you ignore a problem, the harder it becomes to put it right.”
To help you keep your home in top shape and avoid costly repairs in the springtime, here’s our essential guide to maintaining your home this winter.
Wrap your pipes up warm
Being full of water, pipes have a tendency to freeze in winter. As the liquid inside them cools, it expands rapidly and puts strain on your pipes.
As a result, thousands of UK families experience blocked or burst pipes each year during winter cold snaps – especially those who live in older properties, or in colder parts of the country.
To make sure this doesn’t happen to you, we recommend drafting in a professional insulator to wrap your pipes up warm with insulating foam.
Get your boiler serviced so it runs smoothly
There’s nothing nicer than returning to a warm home on a bitterly cold day – but before you put the heating on full blast, you should book your boiler in for its annual checkup.
The extra strain that’s put on your boiler during the colder months can cause it to leak or break. So it’s important to make sure yours is in top working order before it gets too nasty outside.
It’s also a great way to make sure your central heating is running efficiently, and could save you up to 25% on your heating bills.
Bleed your radiators so they run efficiently
If your radiators are creaking, or colder at the top than they are at the bottom, that’s a sure sign there’s trapped air inside them keeping the heat from circulating properly.
That means it’s time to grab a towel, get on your knees and bleed your radiator. It’s a messy job, but a small price to pay for a lovely warm home.
Or, if you’d prefer not to get your hands dirty, simply place a Bark now to get quotes from local plumbers fast and free.
Keep the heat in with proper home insulation
About a quarter of your home’s heat it lost straight through the roof. So if you want to keep your home warm without having the heating on 24/7, the first thing to do is check your loft and wall cavity insulation.
Upgrading your current home insulation needn’t cost the Earth, and it could save you a fortune on heating bills over the long run.
Place a home insulation Bark now to get quotes from local insulation professionals fast and free.
Clear your guttering of leaves and debris
Gutters have one job – to guide rainwater off your roof and straight down the drain. But, despite their importance, it can be all too easy to forget about them until something goes badly wrong.
Allowing your gutters to become clogged can cause serious structural damage to your house, and lead to health issues for you and your family from the damp.
That’s why it’s important to hire someone to check your guttering thoroughly at least once a year to keep everything working properly.