Winter DIY Health Check

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Craig Philips Home Advice Episode 12 -  Winter DIY Health Check

As the weather turns nasty outside, it's time to turn our attentions to the jobs we can do indoors, and find exactly what we need to do to keep our houses snug and secure through the winter months.

Winter brings with it extreme weather and freezing temperatures that can lead on to all sorts of problems. Today I'm going to be showing you tips on how to be best prepared for it.

Now if you haven't had time to insulate your pipes before the winter months, you might find at some point that the harsh weather has frozen your pipes. The first thing you should do if your pipes freeze up is turn off your water mains by the stopcock. And then open up your cold taps to drain off the water. However, don't use your hot taps if the pipes leading to your boiler are frozen, because this will burn the unit out. Don't try to defrost the pipes by turning on the central heating system or the hot-water boiler.

Once you've discovered which pipe seems to be the problem, you're gonna want to thaw them out. There's two ways of doing this. One is, you can use a hair dryer or simply just get a hot clot and wrap it around the pipe until they thaw. Never try to defrost you pipes out with a naked flame, because this could lead to more damage.

Once your pipes thaw, you might find there's a leak. This is because when the pipe's frozen the pipe's expanded and that's created the burst, therefore you are going to have to contact your plumber.

Flooding freezing and heavy snow could all be on the way in the winter, and when cold, extreme weather hits, who knows what the consequences are going to be like. Check the weather reports, check your insurance documents, call your provider to confirm what cover you have. You may need discuss additional protection.

It would also be a good time to put together an emergency kit, for when the really bad weather's on it's way. This is a simple pack you put together, just in case the worst happens and you get stranded or you have to evacuate your home. It contains a few items that you should already have around the house, which are: battery-operated radio, a torch, spare batteries, tinned food, and of course, a tin-opener, multi-tool, spare keys, first aid kit, a copy of your insurance details, a list of local radio stations and important telephone numbers. And a bottle of fresh water. All of this should be kept in a water-proof bag in a safe place, so you can get it in an emergency.

But the winter isn't just about extreme winter and frozen pipes. If you've got the time and the money, it's a great time to catch up on some of the DIY projects around the home. Get your house ready to enjoy it for the new year.

In the winter months it's important to keep yourself warm and safe, that's why you should watch my Autumn Healthcheck video, so you can prepare you house for the bad weather. Once you've secured your home, keep an eye on the weather report and be ready for what it can bring. With the right preparation and knowing a few basic tips, you can keep your home and family safe and sound.

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