A Spotlight about Frozen Pipes and Drains
The winter months can be a time of concern for landlords. As the temperature begins to drop, thoughts of damage caused by weather-related flooding in rented properties, especially caused by the bursting of frozen pipes, can often become a reality. Burst pipes can become a major financial burden that could have been avoided if both the landlord and the tenant had taken some simple precautions to provide the property with winter proof. Feel free to visit their website at visit for more details.
Damages can run into the thousands, and often do. These costs can be for things such as repair work for pipes, collapsed ceilings, soggy carpets, damaged appliances, and alternative tenant accommodation arrangements. By ensuring that all pipes are sufficiently insulated, the landlord could prevent the risk of burst pipes and flooding. Lagging of hot water pipes and tanks can prevent pipes from freezing, in addition to preventing heat loss. Don’t forget to verify that the overflow pipes are properly connected and not blocked. Blockages can lead to major build-ups that could trigger burst pipes. If the tenant wants to leave the property unoccupied for a period of time, it will be expected that the heating will remain low. This might be a reason for a tenant to be financially concerned. If you have done everything you can to make the property as energy-efficient as possible, the tenant may be more likely to follow these instructions because the heat will be stored in the property. Improvements that you might consider would include better insulation. This will keep the property warm and dry, keeping the tenant’s bills low and making the property more attractive for letting in the future. In order to prevent heat loss through the roof, lofts should ideally be insulated to a minimum depth of 270mm. In order to keep heat inside, cavity wall and floor insulation should be installed.