At South Lakes Lettings we always like you to be prepared for the winter weather and make sure you are comfortable in your home. Whether it is freezing temperatures, high winds or constant rain we would like to be prepared. We would like to offer some winter precautions to be taken to protect properties from the results of freezing. We are anxious to save our tenant’s and landlord’s possible costly damage. The weather is starting to turn now and we would suggest that you put your heating system on to test before the cold weather sets in. Please leave your heating on for a least an hour and test that all radiators are reaching the required temperature. If you find that your system isn’t working as it should please report it. Last winter was very cold and caused a lot of pipes to burst. Please check any outside pipes and attach lagging to them to protect them during the cold months.
For other winter weather, check your windows for any sign of decay or extreme draughts. If you notice any blockages in downspouts and drainpipes then please let us know. Or, if you notice water dripping from gutters there could be a blockage which will prevent water from clearing.
We do find that as the cold weather arrives windows are not being vented and this is a cause of condensation. Please see the tips below to prevent this.
You can help prevent the build-up of condensation by:
- putting lids on saucepans, drying washing outside and avoiding using paraffin or bottled gas heaters • opening the bedroom window for 15 minutes each morning • making sure your home is well insulated • heating your home a little more • ventilating rooms regularly and leaving doors open to allow air to circulate, unless you’re cooking or showering • if you’re cooking, showering or bathing – opening the window, putting the fan on and closing the door of the room you’re in.
We also find using the condensation catches help with this. These can be bought for around 70p – £1 from local stores.
Whilst this is general advice, the characteristics of each individual property may be slightly different. If you are unsure how to take appropriate measures to protect the property or if you have any other repair enquiry, then please contact the office.
Paula or Katie on 01229 343081.
Mobile number for Bank holidays and Christmas 07930746892
Email address: [email protected]