Winter is upon us and with it comes some potential risks, we have created this article to help you try and avoid these potential problems!
Check the heating system
Make sure the heating system is working as it should so there are no nasty surprises when it gets really cold. Aim to have the boiler serviced annually to keep it in good working order throughout the year.
Check the pipes
Check all external pipes for any signs of leaks, breaks or blockages. Serious problems can occur when blocked or leaking pipes freeze during the winter, then expand and burst.
Sweep the chimney
If there is an open fire make sure the chimney has been swept and don’t forget to provide a suitable fireguard. Cue classic Mary Poppins song here…
Keep the draughts out
Your property should be adequately insulated and any obvious draught points identified and dealt with. Fit draught excluders to any doors and windows that need it.
Condensation is a common problem. It can form on any surface and may not be noticed until mould starts to grow or materials show signs of rotting.
The simplest and most effective way of preventing condensation is to make sure there is adequate ventilation and heating. Extractor fans in the kitchen and bathroom will help, as will telling your tenants how to minimise condensation, such as opening windows when cooking or washing and not drying clothes on radiators.
Get those little jobs sorted now
Most property owners have a list of small issues that need sorting that they simply haven’t got round to. Now is the time to see to those outstanding jobs, from clearing the gutters to fixing that loose pipe or draughty backdoor to prevent them becoming bigger and potentially more expensive issues when the weather turns bad.
There are our top tips for this winter!
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