Remember the dreadful cold snap during 2012 where we saw many parts of the country in the grip of severe cold and very wintry conditions? And now the Met Office is warning of another cold spell to hit England over the next couple of weeks!
If you are a tenant then it’s a good idea to be ready for the cold weather.
Stop taps – Check that you know where your stop tap is. It is usually located under the kitchen or utility room sink. Check your stop tap is working and that you can isolate the water supply in the case of a leak/ burst pipe. Report any issue immediately to your agent.
Outside taps should be turned off. Stop taps should be turned off first and taps/ pipe work fitted externally drained down to prevent freezing of pipes and any subsequent issues caused by pipes cracking.
Heating should be left on at a minimum temperature of 15 degrees for at least 2-3 hours, morning and night, particularly if the property is being left empty for a few days. In extreme freezing temperatures you should consider leaving the heating on constantly.
When the weather becomes very cold, the water pipes in your home can freeze. This can lead to a burst pipe in the thaw, which can cause a lot of damage to your home and belongings. Remember, it’s your responsibility to insure your home contents.
Flooding can cause many thousands of pounds in damage to a property and make it uninhabitable!
Should you encounter problems then phone your Landlord or Managing Agent immediately to reduce the risk of damage to the property and your belongs.
Other good ideas are:
Clear ice and snow from drives and pathways to prevent accidents
Keep an eye out for elderly or disabled neighbours
Make sure you have sufficient food in your cupboards in case you are not able to get to the local shops.
Top up your Key or Card meters with electricity and gas