Preparing for the winter weather

We’re pretty certain that we’ll be experiencing some quite awful weather over the next few months... we are in Britain after all. Therefore, there are many things that you should start thinking about as the darker days draw nearer and your home is one of the most important. Here we explore how you can take simple steps to protect your home from damage this winter.

There are lots of simple steps you can take to protect your home from winter weather. We have compiled a list of some of the most frequently occurring problems and how you can reduce your risk.

It’s become something of a habit in Britain for us to get a downpour of heavy rain (all year really) but specifically around Autumn/Winter time, which can cause flooding in many areas. The first step should be to check if your home is at high risk of flooding and if you do find that your property is at risk, preparing a flood plan for your home will make things easier to manage if you do suffer.

Autumn often brings with it a scattering of whirlwinds across the country and it’s now a common sight to see gardens and streets littered with garden chairs, children’s climbing frames and more. As the weeks start getting windier, it's worth bringing items that could be caught up with the wind into a safe place and is also worth checking that you have no loose tiles or slates on roofs and consider removing dead branches from any old trees, as these can be easily swept up.

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Being British, we are no strangers to cold spells and with these becoming even more frequent and longer in the past few years, one of the biggest risks to your property is frozen pipes, which can cause mini floods in or outside of your home. Make sure you keep a check on these during those days when the temperature plummets and consider switching off your water supply if you are leaving your property for an extended period of time.

One of our best known winter enemies, snow can cause problems too. It can block air vents, blow its way into roof spaces and add extra weight to roofs and other structures, especially during particularly heavy snow showers, so make sure you check these areas and keep them as clear as possible.

Unfortunately, sometimes there is no amount of planning or preparation that can prevent the great British weather from damaging your property. When this happens, Towergate’s Home insurance is here to give you peace of mind. We are always here to help, should you need any advice and you can contact our Home team on 0344 736 8249.

Mike Stephens FCII

Date: September 18, 2015

Category: Home and Property

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