11 Nov 2013

Going away? Top Tips for Winter Property Maintenance

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Top Tips for Winter Property Maintenance

It’s vital to remember to protect your property during the winter months, especially if you are taking that long overdue Winter break; there are a few simple steps that you can take to avoid costly surprises –
      • Protect your pipes from freezing – You should remember to leave the heating on a low temperate, even if the property is unoccupied, to avoid pipes freezing and bursting.
      • Check drains and gutters – It is advisable to instruct a maintenance contractor to visit your property to ensure that your drains and gutters are not blocked. During the winter, guttering can become extremely heavy with frozen water which can lead to it breaking and falling.
      • Drain your water system – During the winter months, if you go away and you are not leaving central heating on, you might be tempted to simply turn your water off. However, there is often a lot of water left in the system, which could potentially cause damage. Instructing a plumber to drain the system (water and central heating) will help to eliminate the risk.
      • Get your chimney swept – Chimney fires can not only cause thousands of pounds in damage, then a loss of rental income whilst the property is being repaired, but more importantly could cause serious harm or death. It is vital to get your chimney swept at least once a year to protect you and your property.
      • Insurance obligations – Remember that if your property will be vacant for a prolonged period of time, your insurance obligations might be compromised. Always double check your policy to protect your home.

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