Simple Checks Around the Home for a Safer, Warmer Winter

22 November 2013

Extremes of winter weather place a tremendous strain on our homes, and the effect can be costly to both your health and your pocket. However, there are a number of measures you can take to help tackle the harshest of weather conditions and prevention is the key. Taking some simple steps now can help to minimise the risk of problems occurring when the cold weather really tightens its grip.

Here are nine simple checks to carry out around the house that will help you keep safe, warm and dry whatever the weather:

Pipes – Check their integrity on a regular basis to prevent freezing
Windows & Doors – Prevent warm air escaping and cold air entering by repairing faulty seals and using draught excluders
Insulation – As well as checking the adequacy of roof and cavity wall insulation, your water pipes and water tank should be properly insulated
Gutters & Drains – Regularly check for any blockages such as fallen leaves
Roof & Exterior – Check your roof for missing tiles, and your exterior walls for cracks, loose render or missing pointing
Central Heating – Ensure your boiler is regularly serviced. Bleeding your radiators will also improve efficiency
Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarms – Regular checks not only provide peace of mind but could potentially save lives
Recovery Plan – Keep a list of tradesmen and useful phone numbers to hand
Stock Up – Keeping items such as a torch, candles and matches in your home will make an emergency much easier to deal with

You also need to ensure you have adequate insurance cover in place to protect your home and contents. The Society has teamed up with RSA, one of the UK’s leading insurers, to offer our customers competitive and flexible home insurance that can be tailored to meet your individual needs.

For more information about Monmouthshire Building Society’s competitive home insurance, or to request a quote online, please click here.

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