During the winter months, it can be easy to neglect a house and instead huddle under some blankets next to a nice warm fire place. However, there are some things that you need to check on and do in a house or flat during the winter period.
Air Your Home
It is important in winter to properly air each room. This means opening the window and turning the heating on to try and remove as much moisture from the air as possible. Throughout winter it is easy for damp to accumulate and mould to creep in. This needs to be prevented as both can damage a house and its residents. There is an easy fix though – properly airing the house. You might not want to open a window and let the cold air in, but you are helping maintain the house if you do. Another option is to invest in a dehumidifier to remove the moisture from the air. This is great for rooms with poor ventilation or without any heating. A dehumidifier might cost a little extra to run, but it will more than makeup for that by reducing the damp and preventing mould from growing. A lot of people forget how important it is to air your home in winter – don’t be one of those people.
Prevent Pipes From Freezing
If your pipes freeze, then it is likely that the pressure from the frozen water will cause them to burst and break. In order to avoid this happening, you want to protect your pipes. This might mean heating the house through the night keep the pipes warm or leaving a faucet running to keep the water in the pipes running. If you have exposed pipes, then the best option is to purchase heat tracing cable. This attaches to your pipes and ensures that they don’t reach freezing point. They are a great choice if the house is currently vacant or having work done, so you don’t want to leave a tap on or the heating running. It is works automatically, so you don’t need to remember to set it or turn it on/off either.
If it snows this winter, then you will need to clear it from your drive and around your house. This will make moving into and out of the house much easier, and it will help prevent your pipes from freezing, too. You also don’t want the snow to melt and all that water to run under or towards your house either. Puddles can easily become damp areas around your house, and this promotes the growth of mould. Large amounts of melting snow can also cause water to enter the house or get into the foundations causing water damage. None of these are good for the house, so you should clear as much as you can from around your house. Removing it is also a good idea due to health and safety, and it makes the house look a lot nicer, too.