Get Your Property Ready for Winter – A Tenant’s Guide
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These simple routine checks can mean that you, as tenants, will avoid expensive repairs during the winter months.
I think it’s safe to say that summer has well
and truly gone – the days are getting shorter, the nights are getting colder,
and we’re only days away from the streets of Birmingham being adorned with twinkly lights.
Now is the best time as a tenant to make sure your apartment is ready for the chilly months ahead, and here’s how you do just that.
sure to check that all your heaters work now, don’t wait until we’re further
into Autumn. If you have any problems with them or you aren’t quite sure how to
work them, let us know now so we can solve these issues before the cold weather
really sets in.
your heaters a good clean. Dust will have built up over the summer while
they’ve been off. If there is dust inside when you turn them on, it can cause
black smoke marks on them and the walls above, and sometimes even cause a
may need to be bled. It can seem like a daunting task, but we promise, it’s
easy! If your radiators are cold at the top but hot at the bottom, they’ll need
bleeding. Here is a video walking you
through how to do it. If you have any questions about bleeding radiators, give your
account manager a call, and they’ll be able to help.
the winter, it’s a good idea to heat your home for at least one hour each day,
even if you’re not in the property. It keeps things running smoothly and can
help to make sure no pipes freeze over. You can set your heating on a timer to
make sure it keeps running even when you’re not around. You’ll find
instructions on how to set a timer for your specific heating system in the
manual in your apartments or by searching for your boiler or thermostat’s model
If your pipes do freeze, locate the frozen pipe and apply heat to melt the blockage – a hairdryer or water bottle usually does the trick!
your header tank is full enough. Your header tank needs to be checked
periodically throughout the year, but you may as well take the time to do it
now while you’re already maintaining your heating systems. Header tanks are the
small box unit on top of your boiler – it can be topped up by popping the lid
off and filling it to just above the halfway point with cold water. If the
water in your header tank is too low or too high, it can cause the boiler to
shut down – best to keep an eye on it as no-one wants cold showers in the
middle of winter!
your boilers’ pressure up. When the pressure is too low boilers don’t run
properly. The right pressure is between 1 and 1.5 bar – this is easy to check
as there is a dial on the front of your boiler. If your pressure is too low,
let your account manager know, and they’ll send someone out to sort it for you.
always important to know where your stopcock is so that you can shut off the
water in an emergency. Usually, your stopcock is under the sink, look for a tap
or lever on your copper pipes. When turned clockwise, it will turn off all the
water in your apartment.
can be a problem all year round, but it’s made especially bad in the Winter by
windows being kept closed and heaters being on. Even though it’s cold, you need
to make sure that curtains, blinds and windows are opened for at least an hour
a day and that trickle vents are left open at all times.
must open the windows if you are drying clothes indoors using a drying rack.
Drying clothes will exacerbate any condensation problems, and the only way to
combat it is to fully air-out your apartment while doing it or dry your clothes
using an alternative method.
will also need to wipe away any condensation that does appear to prevent mould
from building up on the windows or windowsills. As always, use the extractor
fan in your bathrooms and kitchens to further avoid condensation and mould
5. Outside space
you have any outside space or a balcony, make sure to dispose of any leaves or
foliage that have entered the area – over the winter months these will
decompose and can both stain decking and cause it to become very slippery. Now
would also be an excellent time to bring in any furniture that isn’t
sure all of your lightbulbs are working. It’s easier during the lighter months
to navigate around with some bulbs out, but now the days will be getting
shorter you need to make sure all of your lights are fully functioning. It is a
tenants responsibility to maintain their lights, but if you are having any
trouble, let us know – we’d much rather you tell us than break a fitting!
7. Vacant properties
If you’re going on holiday or going home for over a month, you need to let your landlord and estate agent know that the property is going to be empty for an extended time. Remember though; you’ll still be responsible for the property, it’s contents and for paying your rent.
your curtains or blinds on an evening can help to keep in as much heat as
possible and keep you cosy during the colder months, just don’t keep them
closed all the time. As we mentioned earlier, you’ll need to open your curtains
or blinds (and windows) throughout the day to ensure condensation is kept to a
excluders can be so useful for popping against a front door, or any doors that
lead onto outside spaces like balconies – they’ll help to keep any harsh winds
from coming in. You can also upgrade your duvets if you find you’re a bit
chilly at night. You’ll be best with a 10 to 15 tog duvet for the winter, like this one from John Lewis.
caused by the cold winter weather could leave you feeling frosty, but follow
these tips to help see you through the season.
always, if your property suffers any damage, please make sure you report the
issue as soon as possible. You can do this by calling us on 0121 366 045 and
pressing option 1 to talk to your account manager. If you have any questions on
your accommodation and how winter might affect you, contact one of our fantastic colleagues at Fleetmilne today!