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Saving your home from winter damage

Saving your home from winter damage

Cold weather can play havoc with your property, so it is worth protecting your home to prevent any major damage.

Keep your central heating on

In particularly cold weather it pays to keep your central heating on constant, not on a timer, in every room, if possible. If you happen to be going away, either leave the heating on or drain the system, and remember to leave your insurance details with a friend or neighbour.


Draining your central heating

If you’re leaving your property unoccupied for a while, it’s better to drain the system. To do so, turn off the stopcock, shut down the boiler and open all taps. If you’re not sure about this, speak to a plumber.


Burst pipes and lagging

Frozen water can easily crack pipes and water tanks, which are usually in the loft, and can cause extensive damage to your home.
Here are some tips to help prevent frozen pipes.

  • Inspect and lag your pipes and taps. Look out for leaks, drips or any damage which could worsen.
  • Insulate your loft and your water tank and pipes too.
  • Know where your stopcock is and make sure it’s in good condition.
  • Stock up on provisions
  • Keep a supply of batteries, torches and provisions, including food and bottled water, in the house.

You can find out more in our blog post about frozen pipes here.


Keep your insurance documents safe

In an emergency it is important to have your insurance documents close to hand. Put them somewhere safe and dry and tell other family members where they are in case you are not at home. If you’re a customer with us at coverbaloo, then you don’t need to worry about this as all your documents are always available online through your Customer Account here.

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