There are certain practical steps that you can take to protect your home from winter weather.
Recent winter's heavy rain has caused flooding in several areas. Begin by checking if your home is at risk from flooding and decide whether you need to take action to protect your home from flood water. If your property is at risk, preparing a flood plan will make things easier to manage if you do suffer a flood.
During cold spells, the biggest risk to your property is probably from frozen pipes. Ultimately, that presents a different sort of flood risk. Don't forget though, that snow can cause problems too, blocking air vents, blowing into roof spaces and adding extra weight to roofs and other structures.
When high winds are forecast, remember that some everyday items in the garden can become 'missiles'. Most winters we see pictures of airborne trampolines and garden furniture. Before it gets windy it's also worth checking for loose tiles, slates and flashing and consider removing dead branches from old trees.
Sometimes no amount of planning and preparation can prevent the weather damaging your property. When that happens buildings insurance offers peace of mind.
Don't forget it's not just the weather itself that can cause problems at your property. Some of the heating appliances we use to keep the cold at bay can cause carbon monoxide poisoning if fitted or used incorrectly. Dubbed the silent killer, it's easily avoided by being informed and following a few simple guidelines Gas Safe Register to find out more.
The links on these pages give you all the information you need to get your home ready for winter, protected from flooding, cold weather and storms. There's also useful information about dealing with insurance following weather-related issues.
Last updated: 30 September 2016