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Winter maintenance for landlords

23rd October 2018

It’s that time of the year again. As we move towards winter, it’s timely to consider some simple steps to help keep your property in good condition over the colder months.

If you haven’t done so already, now is a good time to begin using your boiler to ensure that it’s in good working order before the greater need for heating arises. By checking everything is OK, it will offer a chance for your tenants to report any issues that need attention rather than suffer a failure during an extreme cold spell.

This is also the time of year when we receive more enquiries regarding issues with damp. In the vast majority of cases these are related to a rise in condensation levels due to the greater difference in temperature between indoors and outdoors as exterior walls cool.

Condensation arises when warm air comes in to contact with colder surfaces and airborne moisture forms water droplets. If left untreated this can lead to mould and surface damage. It is of course most common in areas of the home where there is a higher moisture content in the air, such as in kitchens and bathrooms.

It is helpful for a tenant to take care of the property to minimise the development of condensation and thus reduce the potential for mould growth. Simple measures include providing adequate ventilation and using any extractors in the home, along with regularly wiping down any moisture build up in vulnerable areas.

These simple tips will help to reduce the build up of condensation in the property and keep things in good condition:

  • Open a window and use any extractors when cooking, and keep lids on saucepans
  • Leave a bathroom or en-suite window open and keep an extractor fan running for at least 15 minutes after taking a bath or shower
  • Keep the bathroom door shut when having a bath or shower
  • Don’t block air vents or airbricks in external walls
  • Open windows throughout the house for a few minutes on a regular basis – and preferably daily – to ensure adequate airflow through the house
  • Leave some background heating on during cold weather spells
  • Avoid covering radiators or storage heaters with damp clothes or washing
  • If storing items or placing furniture against external walls, ensure enough space is left behind to permit adequate air circulation.

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