As temperatures continue to drop across the UK, we’ll all be spending a little more time at home over the coming weeks, so we naturally want our space to be warm and comfortable – for ourselves and any visitors who may come knocking.

As a homeowner, one of the tasks you simply can’t let slip is preparing your property for the colder climate, and while that can sometimes refer to the joys of digging out the Christmas decorations, selecting your tree, and stocking up on food and drink, there’s often a lot more to it than that.

Here, we offer some simple home maintenance tasks and repairs, so you can minimise the risk of nasty surprises, disruptive work, and expensive bills.

  1. Assess your water tank

Water tanks can generally last up to 12 years without causing you any bother, so take the time to ensure it’s still in tip-top condition and prevent any disruption when you need to feel the heat the most!

Make sure there isn’t any water dripping from the unit — or pooling around the bottom — the surface is crack-free, and it’s not emitting any worrying sounds.

  1. Keep it warm

Even when you’re out of the house, try to keep your heating on — though only on a low setting — to prevent pipes from freezing and your system from lagging as a result.

Smart heating systems like Nest or Hive even allow you to create a bespoke programme so you can set the temperature at different levels — depending on whether you’re in or out — and cap your usage to save you money.

  1. Lag your pipes

Put simply, it helps to add a little insulation to your water pipes to keep them toasty warm through winter. Wrapping foam tubes around the pipes can help to prevent freezing — meaning they will retain their heat when running through other parts of the house.

  1. Service the boiler

A boiler service is frequently overlooked, but the truth is, an annual check can help save you costly repairs, reduce heating bills, and ensure you meet the terms of your guarantee or warranty.

Booking in a service in the summer months is often the best idea. The increased availability of gas engineers — as they have fewer breakdowns to rescue — can result in cheaper deals and a speedier service.

  1. Invest in a water leak detection system from Waterguard

Finally, a sure-fire way to prevent damaging and expensive leaks in your home is by installing a system which can detect a problem and stop further havoc from occurring.

Our water leak detection systems can be placed in any area that has pipes — such as the kitchen, bathroom, or utility room — and monitors the flow of water into the property, automatically shutting off the water supply if a leak is detected and protecting your home and belongings in the process.

We hope we’ve provided some useful tips for protecting your home in time for winter. To discuss our water leak detection systems with a qualified advisor, please call the Waterguard team on 01226 244200.