Is your property protected this Winter?

Is your property protected this Winter?

<span style="text-align: center; display: block; width: 100%;">Keep your tenants cosy</span>


Drafts: Some drafts around window frames, doors and letterboxes, are healthy for a property.  The movement of air is essential in an old building to avoid damp/condensation. Tenants tend to want to seal drafts when they are cold. Which is usually an issue of the heating being insufficient more than anything else.


Heating:  It is recommended that you keep your home constantly heated at a gentle, low temperature. Aim to keep it at a minimum of 15 degrees C. Run heating all the time, but at a low temperature – keeping the radiators just warm, not blazing hot.  It is not beneficial for a building when the heating comes on for 2 hours and then goes off again.  It is better for the heating to be constantly on but set at a VERY low temperature.  If you want more heat in a room, just use an additional heat source in that room, a wood burner would be great if they were not banned in London, but you could consider a fan heater for an hour or two. Constant heating ensures building fabric stays warm, and thus does not get cold enough for condensation to form within your walls.


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<span style="text-align: center; display: block; width: 100%;">External checks</span>


Exterior maintenance is essential for avoiding expensive damage before the cold weather hits. If you are aware of any maintenance is required then you are best to do this before winter, but it is never too late.  A well maintained homes is also more appealing to existing and new tenants.


Check and clean gutters to prevent blockages and water damage. Repair and maintain any outdoor features such as fences and windows. Keep gardens tiday by clearing any debris and trimming hedges, these small upgrades can make a big difference.

<span style="text-align: center; display: block; width: 100%;">Drain down</span>


Water damage can have a catastrophic impact on an empty property and often insurance claims are invalid if the system has not been drained.


If your property is going to be left vacant for a significant time period. In harsh weather conditions such as the winter months, we would recommend that drain down service will minimises the risk of water damage through burst pipes.


Furthermore, by draining your water supply the risk from dangerous bacteria commonly found in water, legionella, is reduced. When reinstating your water supply we chlorinate all systems to ensure the water is safe for use and consumption.


If your vacant period if short term, then we would recommend that the heating is left on, at a low temperature to prevent pipes from freezing.