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When freezing weather arrives you can easily pull on an extra layer or blanket to keep out the chill. But to protect your home, the simple precautions below can help to reduce the risk of serious damage to your property.
Cold weather can often be the cause of maintenance problems around the home, which are not only inconvenient but can be very costly to repair. Insulating your exposed water pipes is an easy and inexpensive first step.
Freezing winter weather can bring problems for condensing boilers. They can sometimes shut down if the condensate pipe freezes – leaving your home without heating just when you need it most. See our tips on how to stop your condensing boiler from freezing.
Check here for severe weather warnings in your area. If very severe weather is forecast, especially snow, leave your heating on all day at the usual temperature setting.
When snow is forecast, try to avoid making unnecessary journeys, or wait until the roads have been gritted. If you need to clear a snowy or icy path or driveway, only do so if it won't pose a risk to your safety. It's also a good idea to buy de-icing salt for your drive or path before snow or ice comes.
A good start is to fill any draughty gaps and also keep the heat inside your home. This will help save on your fuel bills too.
Remember not to block trickle or ventilation grilles and air bricks, as they are important to the performance of the building.
For protection against plumbing and drainage emergencies you can add Home Emergency Cover to your AA home insurance policy.
Or choose from our Home Membership options, which provide 24-hour assistance with many more household emergencies, including burst pipes, internal electrics, your central heating, and routine repairs too.
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