Prepare your home for the British winter

When the temperature drops and the dark nights draw in it can be difficult to find the motivation to tackle those annoying little DIY jobs that you know need doing but you simply can’t find the time.

However, if you don’t want bigger, and not to mention more expensive problems, there are a few basic DIY tips that you should tackle to see your home through the British winter.

Lazy Susan will explain how you should deal with the most important household problems, helping to keep your home in functioning condition during the winter months.


Make sure you pack away all your garden furniture and any gardening equipment that could rust somewhere dry and safe such as a shed or garage. However, before you pop it away, make sure it is clean, dry and well oiled to prevent any rusting.

Use a rake or spade aerate the soil on your lawn and help slow the growth of moss. If you have a garden pond, clear out any dead leaves, debris and grime before freezing temperatures hit, then regularly break the ice to keep the water oxygenated.

Winter is also the perfect time of year to make repairs to your fence, greenhouse, shed etc. Wrap any outside pipes to help prevent any bursts or damage in extreme weather; the foam tube moulded pipe sleeves are the perfect way to keep the frost out.

Heating System

Your central heating system is the heart of your home in the winter months. However, if you’re running a poorly maintained system, then you could end up spending a signifcant amount of money that you wouldn’t need to spend if it was in full working order.

That’s why the British Gas HomeCare® is such a worthwhile investment, as the annual boiler service with a safety and energy efficiency check guarantees a stress free winter.

In terms of what you can do yourself to make sure all is running well, start by bleeding all your radiators and clean any dust and debris from your pipes and boiler.

Consider investing in some good quality thick blinds and curtains to prevent heat from leaking out via the windows, and seal any cracks/gaps with a flexible sealant.

Check that your thermostat is running between 18 degrees C and 21 degrees C for the highest energy efficiency and programme the hot water and heating to only come on as and when you and your family need it.

As a matter of course you should service your boiler and all gas appliances at least once a year to ensure they’re working correctly and not leaking any poisonous carbon monoxide into your home. If you have boiler cover, then this will usually include an annual service by an accredited service engineer.

Clean the Gutters and Roof

Gutters can quickly become clogged up with dead leaves and other debris during the autumn, which prevents water from draining away properly. During the colder months this water can then freeze and expand, causing damage to your home.

Take the time to check your gutters and downpipes for any blockages, clearing out any debris if needed. Placing plastic or wire mesh over your gutters is a good way to stop clogs from happening again.

Loose tiles can also become a problem during the winter (although to be fair heavy snow/extreme cold can damage them regardless, so don’t park your car too close as I found out the hard way), so check your roof and replace any damaged tiles.

Prepare your house for winter

This is a great video from the ExpertVillage that demonstrates how to protect your home from the winter weather with a few quick and easy solutions.

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