Britain's mild start to the new year is set to come to end next week as a Nordic blast will hit the country, which could bring in colder weather and a higher likelihood of snowfall, according to the Met Office.
The likelihood of snow and ice warnings across parts of the country over the next few weeks could put thousands of homes at risk of frozen and burst pipes, which is one of the most common boiler-related problems in winter.
Research shows that there has been an increase in insurance claims for faulty boilers in recent years, and with temperatures expected to plummet, experts are predicting the record for boiler claims could be broken again this winter.
As many of you will know, prevention is better than cure and that is why it is important, as a landlord, that you are not complacent when it comes to maintaining the heating systems in your properties.
After all, calling out an emergency plumber to fix a broken boiler carries a premium.
Amid what is likely to be a cold few weeks, the last thing you need – or expect – is for your boiler to grind to a frozen halt.
Here are a few tips to help keep your boiler in tip-top condition:
+ Keep your heating on low: Insulate the pipes to avoid sudden cold temperatures that can freeze your boiler’s external condensate pipe, which could cause your boiler to stop working.
+ Bleed your radiators: If your property isn’t getting as warm as you think it should be, there may be air trapped inside the heating system.
+ Keep your boiler maintained: Make sure you service your boiler and keep it maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations.
+ Turn off services when property is unoccupied: If you do have an unoccupied property for longer than 30 days then it’s worth draining the water system and switching the utilities off.
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