Park Home Resident Magazine Christmas 2017 - Page 49

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
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.
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.
We have 10 sets of draught proofing to give
away. Send an email to or turn to page 70 and
complete the competition entry form.
Written by JULIE MAIN
b e st p ric e !

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