We’ve enjoyed an incredibly warm September (apparently, it was warmer than June, July and August) and weather forecasters are now saying that we can expect something of an Indian summer in October, which is certainly music to our ears here at Leeds boiler repairs company Home Services Assistance.

But don’t get lulled into a false sense of security by all this lovely sun and warm temperatures… apparently, we’re also in line for four months of snow – which will probably be quite a shock to the system after the incredibly mild winter that we saw last year.

Forecasters are now saying that winter storms could hit UK shores in as little as six weeks, so there’s no better time than right now to make sure your home is winter-proofed. There’s nothing worse than having a home emergency during the winter months, when you want everything to run as smoothly as possible, so it always makes sense to sort out any potential issues when the weather’s still nice.

This involves going around your house and checking all your drains and gutters to make sure that they’re not clogged and are free of any debris. This is especially important during the autumn, when the leaves start falling from the trees – many of which are sure to land in your gutters… so get them out in a timely fashion or you could have problems on your hands come winter.

You should also take time out to check over your roof, looking for any cracked or missing tiles. Can you imagine the horror of waking up on Christmas Day to find water coming through the roof? The worst Christmas present ever, we’d say. But you can avoid all of that by being a bit diligent about the state of your roof in the summer and autumn – but always use a professional roofer to help you as it’s dangerous work and should only be done by someone with the right skills and experience.

Similarly, you should have your boiler serviced at least once a year and it makes sense to have someone come and take a look at it before the cold weather really bites. Take advantage of the upcoming Indian summer to get a professional boiler repair company out to give it the once-over so you know it’ll be able to handle the cold temperatures with ease and won’t leave you stranded without any heating or hot water.

Whatever you do, don’t try and do any work on your boiler yourself, even if you’ve watched lots of YouTube videos and think you can handle it. Gas appliances should always be handled with care so that you don’t end up with a leak – which is why it’s vital that you only hire qualified engineers who are on the Gas Safe Register. Always ask to see some ID and always check your engineer’s credentials before you let them do any work.