British winters can be unforgiving, particularly when it comes to property damage. In the midst of the coldest months of the year British Gas has released a survey which revealed that 49% of landlords dread the chilly winter month. Two of the major concerns identified were anxieties regarding heating and hot water systems.
“Winter worries about homes were highlighted in the research findings with almost half (46%) of respondents saying they worry about the heating or hot water failing during the colder months,” explains a representative from the British Gas press centre.
So what can landlords do to protect their properties during the cold winter months? Boiler maintenance is the key and we’ve got some handy tips that will help keep your tenants cosy all winter long.
Get your boiler regularly serviced
Even if your boiler seems to be in good working order it’s important to get it serviced at least once a year. Make sure you enlist the help of a professional engineer listed on the Gas Safe Register. During a standard service you should expect a full functionality testing of all components, thorough inspection of all pipes and the replacement of any parts that are too old or no longer functioning properly.
Over time boilers can lose pressure which can compromise efficiency. Over the winter months be sure to regularly check the pressure gauge and make any necessary adjustments.
Bleed your radiators
If your radiator is hot at the top and cold at the bottom it is probably a sign that there is air trapped in the system. This causes the system to run inefficiently and can put additional strain on your boiler. Releasing the air is relatively simple and involves placing the key into the bleed valve, turning it in an anti-clockwise direction, listening for a hissing sound as the air escapes and waiting for water to begin dripping out of the valve. Once this is done lock the valve and check that your boiler pressure is correct.
Taking out a boiler insurance policy
Despite your best efforts it is still possible that you could encounter boiler issues this winter. Make sure they don’t drain your bank account by taking out a comprehensive boiler insurance policy that covers the cost of any incidents.
By following these four simple tips you can avoid a huge amount of boiler related hassle, stress and expense this winter!