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It’s that time of year where the leaves change color and start to fall from the trees. What this means is that Autumn has come to party, and soon, winter will be upon us.
While there are lots of good things about winter, it does present some problems for your home. The drastic changes in weather can prove highly problematic. As a result, many people find that their homes are at greater risk during the winter months.
But, what are the biggest issues your home could face during winter? I’ve picked out the three most common:
There’s a high chance you will encounter more plumbing problems in the winter than any other time of the year. When temperatures drop, it’s easy for pipes to freeze over. This leads to cracks forming and, in some cases, pipes bursting. If your pipes go bust during winter, you’ll be left with no way to get water into your home. To say this is a minor inconvenience is an understatement! Sure, you can buy drinking water, but it will be tough to shower or wash any dishes. Many people suggest that the solution is keeping your house warm. You can do this by making sure it’s properly insulated and that the heating works.
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One of your main concerns will be with your roof. When winter arrives, it brings a lot of harsh weather. This means howling winds and very low temperatures. All this bad weather can have a horrible effect on your roof. If your roofing is old, or in poor shape, it can easily get damaged. When you have a damaged roof, it can lead to cracks and holes forming, which will them leak when it rains. This then brings water damage into your home, which you do not want! Your focus should be on checking your roof for any signs of wear and tear. If you notice any problem areas, look at getting them fixed. You may even find that you’re better off getting a whole new roof fitted.
No one wants their boiler to break down because it’s an inconvenience. But, if it breaks down in the spring or summer, it isn’t that big of a deal. It’s warm enough for you to live without heating or hot water for a few days. But, if it breaks down in winter, then you’re in a load of trouble. Boiler breakdowns are common during the winter time because of the temperature. This is because people are likely to have their heating on almost all day. When you use something a lot, there’s more chance it will break. My advice would be to check that your boiler is working properly – you may not have used it in a while! Also, check to see if it needs servicing or will need it during winter. It makes more sense to book servicing before winter approaches, to ensure there’s less chance it can break. A broken boiler can be harmful to your home and your health, so be aware throughout winter.