There’s no denying it – winter is here and it’s certainly making its presence felt with the current brutal bout of cold, rainy, blustery weather. It doesn’t seem that long ago when I put my winter woollies away, but now it’s time to root them out and pile on the warm layers!
On a more serious note with the days getting darker, wetter and colder, it’s worth keeping a few tips in mind to ensure that nothing else happens to darken your day if you head away for a few days or leave your home unoccupied for more than a day.
A colder than normal winter is expected for this year and one of the main causes of damage to property will be from escaping water from frozen or burst pipes. Trust me this is definitely something you do not want to deal with, so here are a few simple tips to ensure this doesn’t happen:
- If you are leaving your home for a length of time this winter – turn off water at the mains and ensure the pipes are drained. You can drain the pipes by letting the water run on all taps and by flushing all toilets.
- If you don’t want to drain your water system and you have gas or oil central heating, you can set the system to operate continuously for 24 hours a day at 55 degrees Fahrenheit or 13 degrees Centigrade. Please ensure all radiators are on and there is adequate fuel supply
- You should also ensure that the attic door (where fitted) is left open. This will help spread the heat throughout the entire house.
All you need to do is follow the step’s above to help ensure your property is kept safe this winter.
If you are unfortunate enough to suffer damage to your home you can avail of the AXA Home Repair Service. We can organise for an AXA Builder to call to your home to assess the damage and complete the repairs. This service saves you the hassle of trying to find a reputable builder and we can look after all the paperwork, guarantee the repair work, and pay the builder directly…..ensuring your home is back to normal as quickly as possible! Just call us on our dedicated Claims Line 1890 24 7 365.
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