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Help to keep your rental property from sustaining any damage when temperatures fall to below zero this winter. Burst pipes cause more damage than anything else

A severe weather warning has been given today by the Met Office. With temperatures falling to below zero, landlords should take action to prevent property damage.

Burst pipes are one of the biggest problems from such low temperatures and can cause around £5,000 worth of damage.  Prevention is always better than cure, but the sooner a water leak is dealt with, the less damage to property, so it’s important to act quickly.

Here are some guidelines to help keep your rental property from sustaining any weather damage:

  1. Make sure your tenant knows where the water stop-cock is. This will normally be located below the kitchen sink, or wherever the water supply enters the home. Make sure they can access it and close it easily.
  2. Drain the system – If you’re planning on leaving the property unoccupied during the rest of the winter, take a few moments to turn off the stop cock and drain the plumbing of both hot and cold water systems.
  3. Get those pipes lagged – Well insulated loft spaces will get very cold in winter and so it’s important you give your water pipes extra lagging to help prevent them freezing and bursting.
  4. Keep the heat flowing – Advise your tenant to keep the thermostat at a normal setting overnight or while the property is unoccupied will help to keep the building temperature above freezing.
  5. Check your plumbing – Remember, any damage to pipes happens if the water in them freezes; but the escape of water only happens when the frozen pipes thaw out. Checking pipes for signs of freezing or bursts such as leaking or dripping joints, will help you to react to a possible problem or nip it in the bud. Asking tenants to do the same will help to protect rental properties too.

Make sure your property remains undamaged in these conditions!