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Things to keep an eye on this Winter

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With winter comes cold, and with cold comes a host of property problems. We have decided to rustle together some of the best tips and advice to ensure your property doesn’t give in to the cold chill of this winter.

Frozen pipes: the Achilles heel of properties. The sudden drop of temperature can cause water in pipes to freeze or even burst. Prevent this by ensuring pipes are insulated where possible, checking frequently and keep the heating on at a low setting.

Condensation: Science 101, when hot air or steam hits a cold surface it cools into a liquid form. This can happen a lot in homes during winter. It may not seem problematic, but that added moisture in the home also opens the doors to increased mould growth – tough to address, easy to avoid.

Guttering: Make sure the gutters at your property are not clogged with leaves, acorns or other debris. These clogged gutters could prevent melting snow from being able to drain properly. This could cause roof leaks as the water will look for somewhere to go or it could lead ice to accumulate which could cause a roof to collapse.

Boiler Servicing: As a landlord you’re legally responsible for boiler repairs (under the Landlord and Tenant Act) as well as making sure that gas appliances are checked every year by a registered Gas Safe engineer. Given that a boiler service doesn’t cost much more than the annual safety check; it makes sense to get both done at the same time.  Small problems are often easy to fix, but can become big issues if ignored. Boiler breakdowns are the third most common cause of landlord claims and cost an average of just over £250.

There will always be winter-induced issues, but it pays to be sensible and make sure your property is prepared. It could be costly if you don’t!

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