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How to Safeguard Your Home for the Winter

The winter months are a polarizing time. Some people embrace the chill; wrapping up well and basking in their snow-capped setting. Or spending cosy nights with the family gathered around the fire and playing board games. The countdown to Christmas takes priority in our conscious thinking, and it’s a celebration of exciting times ahead. Not everything is benefitted from the winter, though, least of all your home. The sudden and dramatic change in temperature outside can take its toll on your household. Here are some of the more common problems to look out for and how to deal with them quickly and effectively if the need arises.

 

Boiler Breakdown

 

Oh, perhaps the most feared setback you can endure in the winter. As if the winter chill wasn’t enough to bear in itself, surviving the winter can be challenging to say the least without central heating. Although we try to be economical when it comes to turning on the boiler, sometimes the situation permits the need for warmth. Especially with older people or young children in the house.

 

Like most home comfort companies, Laird & Son furnace and air conditioner services include boiler repair. If you can get your boiler repaired as quickly as possible, it’ll mean less time shivering and a happier, healthier winter for you and your family.

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Frost Damage

 

A worry that stems from the cold chill of winter, the appearance of frost could spell trouble for your home without the right treatment. One of the most common side effects of frost damage is burst pipes. The water inside becomes cold enough to crack the pipework, resulting in flood damage to your kitchen and bathroom. What a nightmare.

 

You can take precautions against this by insulating your water tanks. Not only that, but try to be liberal with your thermostat. I know we’re trying to reduce energy bills, but the cost of replacing your home’s pipes is going to set you back more than a few hours of heating per day.

 

When not in use, consider turning off your supply of water. This can be a hassle, but minimizes the extent of damage if a pipe does burst. The less water flowing through the pipes means less that can spill out and flood your home. You might also consider installing a heating cable around your pipes to keep them well insulated through the winter.

 

Window Stress Cracks

 

Not a problem exclusive to the winter, but rather a symptom of the dramatic temperature change. Your windows are more temperamental than you would think. The glass is always expanding and shrinking depending on the weather, and the winter leaves its unforgiving mark.
The dip in temperature could see your windows form stress cracks, especially if the dip in weather is sudden. The pane isn’t able to handle the swift decline in temperature, and comes under ‘stress.’ A compromised window could also make your home less safe. If you notice a small crack appear, you can most likely get it treated without the need to replace your entire window, so act quickly and decisively.

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