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Preparing for winter is crucial for maintaining a warm and moisture-free home. Tradespeople often see an increase in requests for specific jobs during this season, as many Brits prefer professional assistance. Research shows that 14% of individuals state they don't have the time for DIY maintenance, and 11% express a reluctance to deal with upkeep after the maintenance has been carried out. Knowing these issues are common problems during winter months, you can stock up and prepare yourself for an uptick in these types of enquiries between December and February.

Loose roofing tiles

Addressing loose roofing tiles is crucial to prevent leaks and potential structural damage during winter storms. Tradespeople are commonly called upon to secure or replace these tiles for enhanced protection. It's crucial to recognise that 26% of heat loss comes from the roof, emphasising the importance of addressing failures or damage promptly, such as loose or cracked tiles.

Chimney sweeping & cleaning

Maintaining a clean and functional chimney is vital for efficient heating and reducing the risk of chimney fires. Many homeowners opt for professional chimney sweeping and cleaning services to ensure safe and effective fireplace operation. One easy method to help keep chimneys clean and free of debris is to install a cowl. Utilising a chimney draught excluder can save approximately £65 and 155kg of CO₂ annually, offering a temporary solution for those who still wish to use their fireplace.

Pipe insulation

Insulating water pipes is a proactive measure to prevent freezing and bursting during cold temperatures. Tradespeople are frequently engaged to install or upgrade insulation, safeguarding the plumbing system. Insulating exposed pipes within a home's interior is not only cost-effective (saving around £6/year) but also environmentally friendly, reducing CO₂ emissions by approximately 19kg annually. This insulation can also improve hot water delivery to taps, adding a convenient benefit.


Addressing draughts is essential for maintaining a comfortable and energy-efficient home. Tradespeople are often sought after to identify and seal gaps, ensuring optimal insulation and reducing energy wastage. Draughtproofing windows and doors can result in savings of about £45 annually and reduce CO₂ emissions by 105kg.


Regularly bleeding radiators not only improves the efficiency of central heating systems but also prevents potential issues with boiler pressure down the line. Neglecting this task may lead to problems that could affect the boiler's performance and longevity. Tradespeople play a crucial role in helping homeowners navigate these winter maintenance challenges, ensuring the well-being of their homes and promoting energy efficiency. Reflective radiator panels, especially for uninsulated solid walls, could save approximately £25 and 80kg of CO₂ yearly. If you decide to use radiator foil, you can easily hide it with a tasteful radiator cover.