year we have had a fairly mild start to winter but it is inevitable that the
cold spell will hit at some point and it might be worth planning ahead now to
prepare for it.
winter a client had a major leak at their property following a burst pipe. The
client had already moved out and the property was sat empty – they were only alerted
to the problem after the neighbour spotted water pouring out of the upstairs
window. Luckily they had left a key with their estate agent who went to the
property to turn off the water supply but the damage was already significant –
collapsed ceilings, wet carpets and a lot of mess to sort out.
pointers to think about, especially if your property is left empty for periods
sure a spare key is left with someone, such as your estate agent or a
local friend or relative.
the property is regularly checked – it would be worth asking a friend or
relative to pop in every day
sure you know where your stop cock is and let others know
contact numbers up to date so you can be contacted in an emergency.
sure your insurance policy is still in force
check any additional terms and conditions your insurer might have for
empty properties to ensure your policy remains valid in the event of a
will be a condition of your insurance policy to prevent loss or damage and
keep the property in good repair. Consider keeping the heating on and
check the boiler and heating are in good working order
pipes and water tanks are lagged
keeping the loft hatch ajar so warm air can circulate any pipes in the
Â Dawn Brogan, Glanvilles, Havant