Christmas is nearly here and you’re all set for your annual vacation. Whether you’re staying with family or are heading to sunnier climes, it’s important to protect your home. This includes providing adequate security and protection against plummeting temperatures.
- Ask A Friend To Look In
It’s always a good idea to get a friend to call in, just to check that everything is okay. They can keep accumulated post out of sight and open/close the curtains. If your house seems empty, it’s more likely to attract attention from intruders. Your friend can also check the temperature and alert you to any possible issues.
Avoid advertising the fact that you’re away on vacation. Though it might be tempting to add a vacation countdowns on Facebook and then post vacation pics on Instagram, it alerts everyone to the fact that you’re away. It also lets the world know that your home is standing empty. Post the pictures when you’re back.
Don’t be tempted to keep your lights switched on throughout your vacation. This also indicates that no-one is home. Instead, invest in a timer switch. This will schedule the lights to turn on and off at certain times of the day.
Don’t make it easier for intruders. Ensure there is nothing in your garden that can be utilized to access upstairs windows, etc. Trim back trees that grow close to your home. Remove bins and other objects that could be used to climb on.
Invest in a quality alarm system. This will act as a deterrent as well as alerting others if someone attempts to access your home illegally.
- Protect Your Pipes
Ensure your heating and hot water systems are up to scratch before going away. Call in experts such as Home Comfort USA to carry out any maintenance work. It is important that your thermostat is working correctly so you can set the timer before leaving. To avoid freezing pipes ensure your heating comes on at least once a day and is set to around 15 degrees.
Insulate your loft space to prevent the water tank and pipes from freezing. Leave the loft hatch open to allow warm air to circulate.
As well as keeping the loft hatch open, also keep the cupboard under your sink ajar. Sometimes cupboards can act as a barrier to warm air. If the cupboard is left open, warm air will be able to circulate to prevent the pipes from freezing.
Plug any holes in walls used for TV cables or telephone lines. This will prevent warm air from escaping and cold air from entering your home and lowering the temperature.
- General Maintenance
It’s also important to keep on top of any maintenance tasks before you leave. Check your roof and gutter for signs of damage or blockage. Check from the ground only. Make sure doors and windows can be locked and don’t show signs of wear and tear. Small problems can escalate quickly when the temperatures drop. Check for potential fire hazards and switch off any electrical appliances that are not in use.
Putting a few simple checks in place before you leave will provide you with peace of mind. You can then get on with enjoying your vacation, knowing your home is safe and secure and awaiting your return.