As the winter months approach, completing some home maintenance checks is a really good idea to help keep you and your home as safe as possible.
To start preparing your home, we’ve put together some top tips and advice below.
As we enter the winter months, managing finances following the increase in living costs and energy prices may be a challenge - here’s a link to some helpful cost of living advice. Our Tenancy Support team is here to help if you’re worried about paying your rent or looking for some support. If you’d like to see how we could help, please click this link to see what’s available.
Check your boiler
One of the most important things to remember at this time of year, is to make sure your heating and boiler is working properly before it gets really cold. If there’s a problem, please get in touch so we can book an appointment to fix it. Please don’t wait until winter to see if there’s an issue.
We carry out annual gas safety checks in your home. If your appointment is due please keep the appointment that’s been made. These checks are legally required and important for your safety. If you’ve missed your appointment, get in touch to rebook it as soon as possible.
If you’re a leaseholder or shared owner, you’re responsible for your own boiler and appliances. You should use a Gas Safe registered engineer to fit, fix and service your appliances. You can find an engineer at GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500.
Use your heating wisely
Alongside checking your boiler and heating works, there’s a number of things you can do to keep your home as warm as possible:
Prevent and reduce damp and condensation
Damp is often an issue during the colder months. To prevent warm air and steam entering colder rooms, close your kitchen and bathroom doors whilst cooking or showering and for 20 minutes after.
Hang your washing outside to dry, or in the bathroom with the door closed. Don’t dry it on radiators.
And finally, monitor and manage the condensation in your home. You can do this by buying a hygrometer to monitor humidity and temperature. The ideal conditions are 40-60% humidity and 18-21°c.
You can find more information about how you can prevent and reduce condensation and mould on our 'damp and mould' page.
Help avoid burst pipes
Water freezing could cause the pipes in your home to swell and crack, and when it defrosts the water will come pouring out. To avoid this from happening you should:
If you're able to, isolate and drain down outside taps. If you're unable to, ensure your tap is adequately insulated to avoid damage from frost/burst pipes, which may result in an emergency call out.
Consider home contents insurance
We insure your building, but contents insurance is something you should consider especially as the colder weather can cause more problems . You can find out more about the benefits of taking out contents insurance here.
We’ve teamed up with the NHF and My Home Contents who offer a policy especially for our customers with flexible payment options, low minimum sums insured and no minimum security requirements. Find out more by visiting www.thistlemyhome.co.uk
Look after your wellbeing
Check on your neighbours to make sure they are safe and well – if you’re worried about them, let your local council know or contact Age UK.
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