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Staying Safe This Winter: Precautions for Protecting Your Property

The cold winter months can present many hazards that can damage your home or business if you're not prepared. From frozen pipes to roof leaks, taking some simple precautions now can help you avoid costly repairs or interruptions later. This winter, be proactive and take steps to winterise your property.

Escape of Water

Frozen and burst pipes are one of the most common causes of property damage in winter. To prevent pipe freeze:

  • Maintain heat at a minimum of 4°C inside your building to keep pipes from freezing. Set thermostats higher when away.

  • Insulate water pipes in unheated areas like attics, basements, or garages. Ensure insulation fully covers pipes.

  • Seal any external faucets and wrap outdoor pipes with insulating covers.

  • Know the location of your main shutoff valve so you can quickly stop water flow if a pipe bursts.

  • Never use an open flame to thaw pipes - use a hair dryer instead.

Also consider installing water leak detection devices to alert you of any escaping water.

Heating Systems

Have your heating system serviced by a professional before winter. Ensure it can maintain adequate internal temperatures. Install pipe freeze protection like frost thermostats.

Building Maintenance

  • Inspect roof spaces for proper insulation coverage and installation. Fill any gaps.

  • Clear rain gutters and downspouts of debris so melting snow and ice can drain.

  • Trim tree branches that could fall and damage your roof.

  • Develop a snow removal plan for your roof if needed.

Prepare For Severe Weather

  • Monitor weather alerts and prepare for cold snaps or heavy snow.

  • If in a flood zone, sign up for flood alerts and have a flood response plan.

  • Store vulnerable items like stock or equipment upstairs if possible.

  • Inspect your property after heavy weather and make repairs immediately.

Taking preventative steps can save you from the costly disruptions of winter weather damage. Follow this winter property checklist and take proactive precautions to keep your building safe this season.


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