This winter nobody is relishing the idea of spending an inordinate amount of time stuck indoors, especially after the enforced lockdownas a result of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.
To combat this, here are some fabulous and informative tips and pieces of advice on how to properly prepare your home for the impending winter.
Preparation Is Key
Nothing is more unsettling and frankly, entirely inconvenient, than a power cut in the middle of the night during a particularly bad storm or snowfall, especially if there are young children or sensitive animals sharing your home with you.Unfortunately, short of being able to literally control the country’s weather forecast, the only way to ensure you are as comfortable and equipped during an impromptu power cut as possible is to organize a box of provisions and tools should your power fail.
A fully equipped emergency power cut box should include, amongst other optional extras:
- An emergency radio pre-tuned into the weather channel
- Water purifying tablets
- A camping stove and kettle
- Numerous candles, matches and lighters
- Toys and games for the children
- Books for the adults
- Flashlights and an abundance of batteries
- A food thermometer
- Non-perishable foodstuffs
- Bottles of water
Maintenance & Upkeep
Another excellent way to prepare for the impending winter in and around your home is to tackle small problems head on and nip them in the proverbial bud, in an effort to prevent larger, full scale problems arising further into the season.
A prime example of this is to ensure the paths and tracks both at the front of your property and in your backyard are kept as clear as possible by investing in a quality and heavy-duty snow blower which, with proper care, will last a lifetime. Similarly, ensure your outside drainage systems and wall guttering are kept free from fallen leaves, mud and other pieces of debris, make sure you regularly arrange a service for your boiler with a reputable professional and prepare your home’s windows and doors by checking for and filling in any visible gaps, cracks and wood splits before the winter sets in.
Pay Particular Attention To Your Plumbing
In an effort to make sure your home’s plumbing systems are in good working order and will therefore survive through even the harshest of winters, there are several key activities you should do as soon as possible and definitely before winter sets in.
In times of extreme snowfall or snowstorms, or, dependent upon the area in which you reside, when the outside temperatures drop well below freezing, it is an extremely prudent idea to temporarily block any more water from filling your plumbing system and to do this, you should make yourself aware of the location of your stop cock. In the event that one of your pipes does freeze, turn off the water immediately and open the tap in question to let the water thaw.