Taking good care of your home means taking good care of your family, so it’s something you’ll want to prioritise this winter. As well as avoiding the need for costly repairs, protecting your home over the festive season can minimise the risks of accidents and injuries too.
To make sure you’ve got everything covered, take a look at these must-do home maintenance checks:
A blocked drain isn’t just a danger to your property, it poses a heath risk to your family too. When water can’t drain away properly, it sits within drains, baths and shower trays. This increases the risk of germs and bacteria being spread around the home and can cause mould, mildew and damp too.
Check your drains are working properly and look out for cracks or damage that could worsen in low temperatures. A quick repair now could save you a lot of heartache in the near future.
As the temperatures drop, you’re going to be using a lot more hot water and relying on your heating system more than usual. Being without heat and hot water isn’t fun for everyone but it’s particularly difficult during winter if you have a young family.
Faulty or broken boilers present a serious health risk too. If carbon monoxide leaks, you won’t be able to smell or see it, but it will have devastating effects. Due to this, all homes should have an appropriate number of carbon monoxide alarms fitted. Be sure to test them regularly and have your boiler maintained by a certified engineer to minimise the risk of any problems.
If you’re missing roof tiles or your roof is damaged, it could have disastrous consequences for your home. As well as causing leaks and flooding, a damaged roof could interfere with the structural integrity of your home.
Of course, it isn’t always easy to identify issues with your roof yourself. Instead of risking your health and safety by climbing ladders, contact a local roofing contractor instead. An expert eye can quickly tell if any problems are present and may be able to carry out swift repairs too.
It’s important to check your electrics all year round but you’ll definitely want to make sure everything is safe throughout winter. During the darker evenings, we tend to have more lights switched on and stay at home more, which means more electricity is being used. If your circuits aren’t quite up to scratch, this increased load could pose a fire risk, so it’s vital to seek advice from a certified electrician and have your system upgraded if it’s required.
Protecting your family this winter
If you’re decorating your home over the festive season, be sure to check the placement of things like candles, tinsel and fairy lights. In all the excitement, it’s easy to overlook potential safety hazards. With regular checks, however, you can ensure your decorations are installed safely. Similarly, maintaining your home properly over winter will protect your family and reduce the risk of unnecessary and avoidable accidents.
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