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Handy home tips for very cold weather

15 January, 2024
Handy home tips for very cold weather
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The winter chill is here, and it's time to cosy up your home while protecting it from the cold! The UK is now in the grip of a cold plunge of Arctic air which has moved in from the north across the whole for the country.


Here are some essential tips to prepare your home for the weather. Plus, a friendly reminder about our unoccupancy clause to keep your coverage intact.

🔥 Keep the Heat On:

Help prevent frozen pipes and potential damage by ensuring your home stays warm. Ideally you should heat your home to a temperature of at least 18 °C. This is particularly important if you have reduced mobility, are 65 or over, or have a health condition, such as heart or lung disease.

Our property owners unoccupancy clause requires you to maintain a minimum temperature of 15°C (58°F) if unoccupied for more than 31 consecutive days.

🏡 Inspect Your Roof:

Heavy snow and ice can take a toll on your roof. Ensure it's in top shape by inspecting for any damage or leaks. Small issues caught early can save big repairs and disruption.

🍂 Clear Gutters:

Remove leaves and debris from your gutters to prevent ice dams. This will help water flow smoothly, reducing the risk of leaks and water damage.

🪟 Seal Gaps and Cracks:

Keep the cold air out and the warmth in by sealing any gaps or cracks in doors and windows. It's a cost-effective way to improve energy efficiency.

If your property is unoccupied:

🛑 Turn Off Supplies:

If your property will be vacant, turn off the water, gas, and electricity supplies at the mains. This simple step can safeguard your home from unforeseen issues and minimise risks.

💧 Drain Water Systems:

For extra precaution during November to March, drain all water tanks, pipes, and apparatus. This helps prevent freezing and bursting, saving you from potential water damage headaches.

Remember, these simple steps can make a big difference in protecting your home during the colder weather.

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