Eleven guides from HomeServe to help protect you from unexpected bills this winter.

October 10, 2023

The nights are drawing in and the mornings are getting darker, Autumn has arrived! With the cost of living crisis, and dare I say it Christmas approaching, we are all looking for ways to save a few pennies. When something goes wrong with our homes, we might be tempted to call in a professional to fix the problem. But call out costs can be expensive and often a simple fix is all that is needed. DIY around the house, especially when it comes to boilers and radiators, can seem a little daunting if you don’t know where to start.

Our partner HomeServe, who we offer comprehensive plumbing and drainage insurance through, is here to help! They have a great resource centre where you can find some helpful guides and tips about looking after your house. From how to bleed a radiator, repair a leaking tap, or energy saving tips, HomeServe Living has a guide for almost every situation and will equip you with the knowledge needed to keep your home warm, safe and dry. Here are the best how to guides that could help you this autumn and winter:

1. Boiler Maintenance Checklist

How regularly do you check your boiler? The last thing any of us want is to turn on the shower only to find there is no hot water. This checklist is a handy guide that will take you through everything you need to do to check your boiler over, keep it in running order, and hopefully avoid a costly boiler emergency.

2. How to check Radiator Efficiency

The cost of energy is on everyone’s minds this autumn. If your bills are higher than usual, your radiators might not be running efficiently. Take a look at this guide to find out how to check your radiators.

3. How to Balance a Radiator

Are some of the radiators in your home taking much longer to heat up than others? It’s possible that your radiators need balancing. This guide will walk you through balancing a radiator, helping restore balance in your home’s heating system.

4. Ten ways to save on your heating bills

Take a look at this guide for some helpful tips we can easily do at home to keep our heating bills down.

5. Five things to check before turning your heating on

As the temperature begins to drop, we start to think about when to turn our heating on. But what do you need to check before doing so?

6. What is the ideal room temperature?

Settle the age old argument of how high (or low) the thermostat should be by giving this article a read.

7. Prepping your House for Winter

As we get our winter jumpers and woolly hats out, it’s important to prepare our houses for winter as well.

8. Frozen pipes: how to stop your pipes bursting this winter

Nobody wants to have to deal with the nightmare of a frozen pipe. As the temperatures begin to drop what do we need to do to protect our pipes?

9. How to clean your gutters

Cleaning the gutters is nobody’s favourite job but keeping your gutters clean, especially in the winter can help avoid costly repairs. With this easy guide, you can do it yourself – with the help of someone else keeping your ladder secure!  

10. How to replace an outside tap

Outside taps are important for garden maintenance and are often neglected – out of sight, out of mind! If yours is seriously dripping and leaking, replacing it might be the way forward. This step by step guide will take you through everything you need to do and make it an easy job – even if you don’t have any plumbing experience.

11. Plumbing repair cost

If you do need to call someone out to repair something more significant, this handy guide will give you a good idea of how much is too much (or too little) to pay a plumber for their work. There are a number of factors that can affect the cost of a job and it can be hard to know what the right rate to pay is.

Explore their other How-to guides here.

If you are interested in taking out cover with HomeServe to protect your home, from the plumbing and drainage and Electrics or the gas boiler and central heating, take a look here. Take out cover before 26th November 2023 and be insured in time for Christmas.