The weather is getting colder-the chances are you have already put your heating on!
With the dark nights looming, now is the perfect time for you to think about protecting your rental property ahead of the Winter months.
One of the most common reasons for claims on landlord and home insurance is for damage to homes caused by cracked or leaking water pipes.
Problems with pipes were followed by damage caused by faulty showers, toilets and basins.
October generally sees property owners turning their central heating back on, thus raising the chances of problems with water damage in the home.
There are though a number of measures that you can take in order for you to minimise the risk of problems with leaking, frozen or damaged pipes.
Reduce the risk of damage
Monitor water readings: Ensure to regularly check your water meter readings, should you have one in your property. A sharp rise in usage will usually mean that water is escaping from somewhere!
Locate your stopcock-It is vital that you are aware of where your main water stopcock or valve is, should you have to quickly turn off water supply. It is also a good idea to check if this is operational!
Find the valve-Check if there is a drain valve on your central heating system and make sure you know how to use it in case of a leak.
Don’t lag behind-Make sure that pipes are lagged in a sufficient manner to protect them ahead of the cold snap. Properly lagging pipes will highly reduce the risk of them cracking in the inclement weather.