Sunday, February 3, 2013

5 Tips for Winter Property Maintenance


1. Tube

Beware: When water freezes it expands by more than 8% of its original size. This can lead to blocked or damaged pipes crack and burst, causing property damage.

What to do: Check all external cables for breaks, blockages or leaks, and they get up and make sure all cables are firmly in place. Ensure that the central heating is at a low level in empty buildings to stop the water freezing in the pipes - make sure that tenants are informed.

2. Isolation and leaks

Beware: The leaks and poor insulation can be a problem in the colder months of the year, drafty and cause condensation problems, such as damage from moisture, mold and water.

Be sure to check leak shower taps.

3. Fireplaces

Beware: Blocked chimneys can cause fires and property damage. If tenants are planning to leave their homes empty for a period of time, this can also have an impact on your insurance obligations and theirs.

What to do: Check your insurance policy carefully to ensure that you know exactly what your obligations.

4. Drains, sewers and water

Beware: drains, canals and water systems do not always have to do with the excess water and the volume of leaves undergo winter. This can cause overflow, crack or break under the weight of frozen water.

What to do: Book Online drains and gutters regularly checked and cleaned.

5. Inform your tenants

Beware: your tenants do not know how to deal with cold weather, and they have to leave the low temperature heating while at home or away to avoid freezing pipes.

Attractions: Keeping your tenants and ensure they have the information they need.
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