Protecting your home
Frost damage prevention
In cold weather, water inside pipes, cisterns and basins can freeze and expand causing serious damage. At the start of a cold spell take these precautions to avoid freezing:
- Make sure that all taps are turned off at night.
- Report any running overflows.
- Keep your home as warm as you can.
- Find out where the main stopcock is and how to turn it off.
- If you are leaving your home empty for more than a few days, and there is a danger of a hard frost draw off any water from the domestic system after turning off the stopcock, or if you have a central heating system, leave it running at a low temperature to provide background warmth.
If you have a burst pipe, you should:
- Switch off your central heating system or immersion heater if you have one.
- Turn off the main stopcock.
- Put something under the leak to catch the water.
- Turn on all taps to drain the system as soon as possible.
- Call the repairs number.
Dampness in buildings can be caused in many ways. The most frequent cause of reported damp is condensation. Condensation occurs when moist air reaches a cold surface and deposits water on, or in, that surface. Air can become heavy with water vapour from cooking, washing, hot baths and drying clothes. Dampness shows up as black mould growth, particularly near windows or in areas where air cannot circulate.
To limit condensation:
- Reduce the amount of water vapour in the air by drying clothes outside. If you have to air them indoors, keep a window open.
- After a bath or shower keep the bathroom door closed and the window open so that steam can escape without getting into other rooms.
- Try to ensure that there is enough heat and ventilation in each room. If you have an airbrick or vent in the wall or window do not block it up or you will stop moisture getting out and prevent essential ventilation.
If you experience continuing problems a Maintenance Surveyor can carry out a check on the cause of the dampness and give further advice.
For more information visit our condensation webpage.
Home energy advice
With the cost of energy prices rising it’s important that you heat your home efficiently so you can save money on your bills.
Home energy advice is available from a number of sources and most of the companies that supply gas and electricity can provide free help. They can advise on the best ways of paying for fuel, how to spread the payments through the year and how to save energy and cut fuel bills. Being energy efficient means taking simple steps to reduce the amount of fuel that you use but still keeping your home warm and comfortable.
Work on improving the insulation of your home to reduce the amount of heat lost through the windows, walls and roof is normally undertaken on a programmed basis.
Treating pests & vermin
We do not treat vermin such as cockroaches, mice or rats, nor do we remove fleas, bed bugs, wasps, bees, and ants. Your local council offers a service that will deal with pests/vermin that are harmful to public health.
We will block up holes/access points that pests/vermin are using to enter your home.
We strongly advise you to take out home contents insurance as we do not insure your contents, fixtures, fittings and decorations, or against theft, fire, vandalism or leaks.
Visit our contents insurance page to find out more about how we can help you obtain home contents insurance easily and at a price that is affordable.