Christmas is now just a distant memory and we are left to suffer the bitterly cold winter months with the closest thing to a holiday on the horizon being Easter (and that’s still a few months away). January and February are when ‘real winter’ kicks in – and by ‘real winter’, we mean freezing temperatures and icy conditions that mean you have to spend a good 10 minutes defrosting the car in the morning.
The beginning-of-the-year cold snap doesn’t just present problems when it comes to our commute to work and back, oh no, it also comes with its own array of winter household problems. Damp in the home, muddy footprints trampled on the carpet and, worst of all, the annual winter bugs lurking around every corner!
Beating the Lurgy
Every year, without fail, January sees winter bugs infest the nation. Cold and flu, as well as whatever exotic virus has made its way over to our shores, are seemingly everywhere. It can feel as though it is only a matter of time until you start to feel your nose run and your throat feel as though you have swallowed shards of broken glass.
There is only so much that you can do, other than refusing to go outside and ban anyone and everyone else from entering your home, but there are some precautions. Firstly, an anti-bacterial gel is your friend. Give your hands a wipe and, also, any door handles that you come into contact with – germs transfer easily via contact.
You can also keep your system topped up with the nutrients and vitamins that it needs. Now is the time to eat your five a day and invest in vitamin tablets to keep your immune system fighting fit against all nasty germs.
Damp in the Home
Those that live in homes that are susceptible to damp know all too well the pain of winter. There are a number of types of damp that can infest the home, the most common type of which is condensation as a result of poor ventilation.
Dehumidifiers can help manage the problem, particularly when you are unable to keep the windows open all day. However, condensation may not be the only reason why your walls suffer from a build-up of moisture, resulting in mould growing in the home.
Rising damp is also common at this time of the year because of the increased moisture levels in the ground around the home. If your chemical damp proof course (commonly referred to as a DPC) has been compromised, your home is more likely to suffer from rising damp. If you fear this to be the case, you will have to call on a professional to inspect the property.
Mud, it’s the homeowner’s worst nightmare. It has the ability to get everywhere in a matter of seconds and take a whole lot longer to clean up. Whether it finds its way into the home via shoes.