Prevent problems in your rental home this winter.

Prevent problems in your rental home this winter.


Burst Pipes

  • No.1 issue caused by falling temperatures.
  • Accounts for one fifth of insurance claims.

A burst pipe is caused when water freezes and expands in the pipes, which crack and burst when the weather warms. This will happen most often over winter, when a property is empty and the heating is off. Tenants are encouraged to keep the heating on low even at night, even when you are away from the property. If there is a leak at the property it is the tenant’s responsibility to report it as soon as possible. It is worth knowing where the stop cock is located within the property so any water leaks can be stopped to prevent further water damage.

Insurance Policy

  • Ensure you and your housemates know what insurance company you are with.
  • Check Keylet’s out of hours contacts for any emergencies.

It is important to keep your insurance policies up to date when you are renting a property, as this can cover yours and the landlords possessions as well as limiting your liability should the worst happen. Make sure your policy is in order and up to date and if you plan to be away over Christmas and New Year it may be worth adding home emergency cover to your policy.

Weather proof your roof

  • Wind and storms can cause serious damage to your property.
  • Most insurance companies measure storms using the Beaufort wind force scale.

Ensuring the property has been reasonably maintained can help limit yours and the landlords liability should a storm seriously damage the property. Any storm under 52mph shouldn’t damage a home. Keep an eye out for loose tiles and old fencing as these are most likely to be affected by bad weather and may not be covered on the insurance.

Heating

  • Heating can avoid problems such as mould, condensation and frozen pipes.
  • Gas Safety checks should be completed annually at the property.

Having a cold and draughty property, can cause a number of problems and makes it uncomfortable to live in during the colder months. Regular use of the heating can eliminate these kinds of problems, as you will know quite quickly should the heating stop working. You can take steps to improve the property’s heating by simple insulation methods such as bleeding the radiators, as well as using draught excluders around window and doors.

Unblock Gutters

  • Check your gutters are draining properly.
  • Look out for signs such as water running down external walls.

Most often the gutters are overlooked, however the clearing of gutters including removing debris and leaves is crucial. Having gutters that don’t drain properly can lead to several issues including, penetrating damp and damage to the foundation. If it snows or freezes a blocked gutter can come loose from the property causing even more problems. Keep an eye out and if you are concerned about the gutters at your property contact Keylet.

Condensation and Mould

  • Try to prevent drying clothes on radiators, to eliminate mould and condensation.
  • Make a conscious effort to wipe down any traces of mould.

Mould and condensation is one of the most wide-spread issues at tenanted properties. There is a joint effort that has to be made by both tenant and landlord to limit the risks of mould within the property. If left, it can pose health risks and become unsightly. During the winter, damp and mould can become worse because of the condensation caused by things such as heater rooms with poor ventilation or clothes being dried on the radiators. For further information on how to reduce damp within your property please contact Keylet.

Published: December 8, 2016

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