A stitch in time saves . . . emergencies over the winter!

This morning, I was digging around our driveway trying to find the water meter and stop tap which had got buried under gravel over the summer months. I just wanted to make sure I could get to it quickly if needed and also that it actually worked! Last week, it was turning on our central heating to make sure, after months of being turned off, that it worked and all the radiators warmed up satisfactorily.

Why would I do this when it’s still summer? Well, if they haven’t been used for a long time, stop taps seize as do central heating pumps, diverter valves and many other important devices in our homes which we take for granted. It is better to check now rather than wait until the cold weather arrives and having to deal with heating problems as expensive emergency callouts. Or, have water coming through your ceiling only to find you cannot turn off your stop tap because it has seized.

Of course, you will want to take these precautions in your own home. However, in order to protect your investment and avoid the possibility of rejected insurance claims caused by lack of maintenance, it is also important that you advise your tenants to make these checks including whether they actually know where their stop tap is!

We will be writing next week to all the tenants of the properties we manage. You may wish to write to your tenants as well. Remember, as the saying goes, a stitch in time saves nine!

If you need any help or advice regarding the letting and/or management of your property then please give us a call — +44 (0)117 310 1221.

Bill Peters