Winter is Coming: Prepare Your Home for the Cold

The gap between now and winter is quickly depleting, and it seems as if Christmas is only around the corner. Therefore, you need to ensure your home is properly winter-proofed, so no hidden nuisances can rear their ugly heads and cause havoc to your family home. Although maintenance and general upkeep seems like a chore, it is, however, incredibly important. A faulty plumbing issue caused by too-cold weather can turn a family’s life upside down, and an untended pathway can cause accidents. Here’s how to ensure your home is ready for winter.

Get Your Heating Checked

With plummeting weather, you don’t want to run the risk of experiencing a temperamental heating system. Instead, you want to ensure your home is kept pleasantly warm. Therefore, test your boiler by turning on your heating and keep tabs on the radiators in your home. Take note of any that aren’t emitting a lot of heat, and call in a professional to check your boiler if a problem appears. Another means of checking your home’s heating is by bleeding the radiators. You don’t want to leave your central heating to chance.

Clear the Gutters and Drains

You won’t want to spend too much time maintaining the outside of the house during winter, so this is the most ideal time to ensure your gutters and drains are taken care of before it becomes too cold outside. By leaving the gutters and drains for lengthy amounts of time, you’re running the risks of leaves and other bits of debris causing leaks that can appear in your roof and walls.

Check Your Plumbing

Prevent your pipes from freezing, and find a plumber online. Have them inspect your pipes; you may find out that your plumbing is currently unprotected, and that you need to invest in lagging (a foam layer) to stop them from freezing and bursting. You should also check if there is any vegetation, and remove any.

Improve Your Insulation

Roughly, a quarter of your home’s heat is lost through the roof, and many homes leave this room unattended Winter is comingand unthought-of, and many rooms of certain houses, especially those that are older, don’t have cavity wall insulation or double glazing, though many people wish to keep the integrity of their older architecture.  Proper insulation is not only smart but vital to keeping your family comfortably warm. Nowadays, triple glazing is the new double glazing, and if you’re worried about cost, the government can provide schemes and grants.

Inspect the Chimney

Having a chimney in your home adds a wealth of character, however, it can also add an uncomfortable draught. Make sure your chimney is well-kept. Sweep it often, especially if you use it during the winter months. If you don’t use your chimney, and it’s purely decoration, keep hot air inside and cold air outside by shoving a pillow inside it, or by using a chimney balloon. If you’re worried about damp, the chimney balloon leaves a small amount of ventilation to counter this issue.

 

The Week That Was

What a week it has been!

Home

Kieran has been away on a school residential and while I’m pleased to have been able to offer him the opportunity I’ve missed him terribly! Taylor has burst into tears on more than one occasion because his brother wasn’t there after school, when he called him down for breakfast, when he came out of swimming…..

Taylor wanted to go to bed at 4pm on Thursday night so that his “one more sleep” would be over more quickly and Kieran would be on his way home. They are fab lads!

Needless to say, yesterday’s reunion was a very happy one. Now I just need to find a way to recover the lost (new) wellington boots, gloves x 2, hat, flask and numerous other bits and pieces that didn’t come home with him, including (to his horror) the Pokemon cards he bought in Whitby that he thinks he left on the bus!

Tired, in need of a shower but home!
Tired, in need of a proper shower but home!

Personal

On Thursday 4th Nov I celebrated 11 years cigarette free. Giving up smoking is bloody hard. I was a fairly heavy smoker back then and it was far from easy. Several times over the years I could have reached for a cigarette but I didn’t and have no plans to ever again. One of the personal victories I’m most proud of.

There have also been some changes on the health/weight loss front. More on this on Monday after I weigh in and report back.

Work

Work has been busy this week but then we’re in the mad run up to Christmas. In a week or so I’ll be writing about Valentine’s day!
On the upside, I managed to secure a fabulous new contract for myself which pleases me greatly. I also had to let a potential client go. Long story short my gut “kicked in” and as we couldn’t agree on a deposit (“I’m good for it” isn’t assurance enough for me) I felt it wise to walk away.

It’s important to listen to your gut sometimes.

Plans

This weekend we have a birthday disco to go to (Taylor) and if the wild wind and rain stops, a firework display to attend tonight. If not it’ll be a “watch out the window” affair with our homemade hotdogs and chocolate finger sparklers. Fingers crossed!

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