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Property Protection Tips for the Winter...

December 3rd 2013
By: Melanie Hollidge

We’re wrapping ourselves up warm for the winter, but don’t forget to do the same for your home.  We’ve got some tips to help you and your home stay protected from the elements this winter.

Floods
Water, especially flood waters, can rise extremely quickly.  If you live in an area which has been affected by floods before, it’s worth taking precautions as the winter weather takes hold.  Make sure you know how to turn off your gas, electricity and water supplies – have a torch and spare batteries readily available.  Take some time to move precious items and documentation upstairs to protect it.

Wind

After a windy night, do check your home for loose guttering or pipes, have a look at trees and hanging branches.  If the job looks more than you can manage, ask a professional for some advice.

When winds are strong, they can pick up debris which can cause damage to your property. Do make sure you check greenhouses and fences too as they are especially vulnerable.  Loose panels should be made safe earlier rather than leave them to blow over and cause more damage.

Put away garden furniture, barbecues and toys to prevent them being damaged during the winter by wind or frost, or wrap them securely with tarpaulin.

Take time to check your insulation of doors and windows, not only will it keep you warmer, it’ll help to reduce your fuel bills too.

Finally secure any doors and gates with strong padlocks.

Ice and Snow

Heavy snowfall is usually forecast ahead of time, so you’ll have time to protect any exposed pipes by insulating them.  If they do freeze, you can defrost them carefully with hot towels or a hairdryer. 

Salt and grit can help reduce ice on pathways and drives.  Take care not to use too much salt as it can damage plants and wildlife.  Snow on your roof can be heavy, use a rake to pull it gently off.