Park Home Resident Magazine Christmas 2017 - Page 48

 Winter

homes

As the temperature starts to drop and the nights draw in, it’s time

to check your home is ready and safe for the winter. An hour or

two spent now on a few simple jobs could save you pounds in

expensive repairs or prevent a painful slip or fall.

Draughts in your home

D

raughts in your home can be unpleasant

and annoying but are usually part of your

home working as it should. Tempting as it

may be to cover up some of your vents, your home

does need to breathe to prevent condensation and

mould forming. Your vents, in their many locations,

encourage air to flow through your home, circulating out moist, damp air.

If your home has a large vent in the living room,

it is usually there for gas safety so it is particularly

important that this vent is left open. Ideally you

should never cover up any vents. A well-insulated

home that is properly vented will keep you warm

and cosy and allow your home to breathe. You

could contact a reputable insulation installer to

check your vents and insulation for you and offer

you suggestions if your home feels colder than

you’d like it to be.

If you’ve noticed gaps and draughts around your

windows or doors and do not want the expense of

replacing them, run draught stripping around. The

rubber seals harden over time and become less

effective so replace it if it is hard and cracked. It is

fine to put another layer of excluding strip over the

top of existing seals. Just wipe down the surfaces

and let them dry thoroughly before applying.

If you don’t have a regular window cleaner it’s

always a good idea to have a clean before the

weather turns too cold. Clean your plastics UPVC,

Windows, doors and external sills to prevent staining from dirt and algae. Once staining sets in it is

very difficult to remove. Have a read through of our

winter preparation checklist and get your home

winter ready. R

Please ensure you follow

manufacturers guielines

when using ladders, cleaning

products or tools.

Checklist

Clean your pathway and steps with a

good quality outdoor cleaning solution

that kills algae that causes slippery

pathways. Follow manufacturer’s instructions carefully and your paths will

be safer when they are wet.

Fix those drips! Unblock and fix gutters,

downpipes, drains and dripping taps.

You don’t want drips and puddles on

your pathways that may freeze and

become slip hazards.

Invest in a bag of salt to sprinkle on icy

steps. A large bag often costs under a

pound and can be a quick and easy fix

to a slippery step

Insulate your outside tap to prevent

your pipes freezing. You can buy a tap

insulator or wrap it up with some polystyrene for a less glamourous solution.

If you have an outside pond, a tennis

ball dropped in will float on the surface

and prevent ice-forming unless the conditions are extreme. Birds and animals

can find water hard to find during the

winter and so they may visit your pond.

A piece of wood, plank or ledge will

help anything unfortunate enough to

fall in to get out easily.

Check your handrails. You want your

handrail to be reliable when you need

it. If your handrail is loose get a handyman to check it and repair and replace

as needed.

GIVEAWAY!

We have 10 sets of draught proofing to give

away. Send an email to hello@parkhomeresidentmagazine.co.uk or turn to page 70 and

complete the competition entry form.

Written by JULIE MAIN

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