Winter is coming and with it, a whole host of potential problems for your home. The good news is that you don’t have to be an expert in DIY to prepare your home to withstand the elements; there are a number of easy steps you can take to make sure your home stays protected this Winter.
Below are some of our top tips to help you through the cold and frost filled winter days.
1. Clear out the Gutters and Drains
The best way to keep on top of pipes during the winter is to protect them with a foam layer (called lagging) which will help to prevent them freezing and bursting. Be sure to also remove any vegetation that surrounds the pipes as this can also cause damage. If you’re property is going to be empty through Winter, make sure to turn your water supply off, water laying stagnant in the pipes is more susceptible to freezing.
2. Protect your pipes
Again this question is important when deciding upon your rental budget. You may find that by simply broadening your location search you will be able to find a more suitable property with lower Council Tax, it pays to be open minded! Be sure upon viewing a property that the letting agent or landlord has informed you of the Council Tax band. Generally speaking, the higher the value of a property the more you can expect to pay in Council Tax.
3. Get your boiler checked
Having no central heating over the winter period is the last thing you, or your tenants, want to be dealing with. To minimise this risk be sure to get your boiler serviced before the cold weather really kicks in. Always use a Gas Safe registered engineer when you book in your service.
You may also want to think about taking out boiler cover if you don’t already have it. This will ensure that a qualified engineer will be on hand to sort out any problems with your boiler or central heating as quickly as possible, meaning you won’t be stuck without heating or hot water if your boiler suddenly breaks down./p>
4. Make sure your home insurance covers you for Winter related damage
Making sure you’re covered for any winter-related damage is important, check that your home insurance policy offers adequate protection and that you’d be covered in the event of fire, flood, subsidence and theft. You may also need to consider accidental damage or storm damage as most home cover policies won’t include this as standard and this is something well worth checking.
5. Bleed your radiators
If your radiators seem to be colder at the top than at the bottom then it’s probably best that you bleed them. The temperature change is due to air pockets forming within the radiators that in turn stops the heat circulating efficiently. Bleeding the radiator releases the air which allows circulation to resume and increases the overall efficiency of the radiator. Make sure that have the specific key required to bleed your radiator and if you are unsure how to do this, always call a professional heating engineer.
Here at Ward Horne we make sure all the properties we manage are well maintained and that your tenants will be safe and warm throughout Winter.
We provide property checks, can organise Emergency repairs and Maintenance visits to give you peace of mind that your property is well looked after.
If you have any questions about our services make sure to give us a call today on 01748 826000 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.