As the temperatures fall over winter, it is important that properties are well maintained to protect both the property and items inside. Below are a few things for tenants to keep in mind:
If you’re planning on being away for more than a couple of days, it is important to leave the heating on a low temperature. Leaving a house without any heating can result in pipes bursting which could lead to a major water leak which will damage your possessions as well as the fabric of the house.
It is also worth remembering to ensure all windows and doors are locked, side gates are bolted and bulbs in security lights are working.
Check the Pipes
If you have any concerns about any of the water pipes in your property, please let us know immediately. It is important to keep on top of any breaks, leaks or blockages; otherwise as temperatures fall below freezing, it can cause pipes to burst.
If there are any exposed pipes that you think would benefit from some insulation, please let us know.
Clear the Gutters and Check the Roof
After autumn, gutters may be clogged with leaves. It is important that the gutters are cleaned out to ensure water can be taken away properly. Blocked gutters can result in guttering cracking or bursting when it freezes. It could also cause long term damage with water penetrating the external walls causing damp in the inside.
It is also important to check the roof to see if there are any slipped tiles/slates. If there are, please notify us immediately so we can ask our roofing contractor to carry out essential repairs.
Bleed the Radiators
To stay warm this winter, bleed all of the radiators in your home to let out any air. This is an essential task to save money on your heating bills.
If you have any concerns about your property, please let us know.