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Guide to Caring For Your Home

Caring For Your Home

Your home needs looking after. If you spot a problem quickly it can often be put right cheaply, but if it is left it may cause a lot of damage which can end up being very expensive to put right. This guide tells you the important things to look for.

Chimney Pots

Are they leaning or broken?

Chimney

Is it leaning or are there any damaged bricks? Is the pointing missing or perished?

Flashings

These prevent the water getting in. Are they slipped or missing?

Roof

Are there any broken, missing or slipped slates or tiles?

Gutters and Downpipes

Are the gutters leaking or are they blocked with leaves or vegetation. Even a small leak will damage bricks, rot wood and cause damp if it is not quickly repaired.

Overflow Pipes

If these are leaking it means that a water tank or toilet cistern is not working properly, these will require fixing quickly before any damage or damp is caused.

Bricks and Mortar Joints

If the bricks or mortar joints between the bricks are damaged or crumbling they may allow damp in.

Doors and Windows

Wood will rot if it is not properly protected with paint or wood stain. Check whether the paint is cracked, loose or peeling.

Airbricks

These help stop the floors rotting by allowing air to circulate underneath.Do not block them with soil or new paving and make sure that they are clear and clean.

Damp Proof Course

Most houses have a waterproof layer to stop rising damp. Make sure that earth or new paving is kept six inches below this or you may get damp.

Damp

If there are signs of damp within a property this may be due to property repair or maintenance being required to rectify the issue or it may be due to condensation.

If a property is reported to have an area(s) of damp this will be inspected by a qualified contractor. Should the outcome be that repair or maintenance is required, we shall organise for the appropriate works to be done.

However, should the inspection report findings conclude that the damp is from condensation then this may be due to property neglect on behalf of the tenant. Where possible and if deemed necessary, vents may be fitted to various areas of a room or property to assist with remedying the issue. If the outcome is deemed to be neglect on behalf of the tenant, a suitable remedy will need to be discussed. Please note that if it has been deemed that damp has been caused by neglect of the tenant, any associated costs may be passed on to the tenant and the landlord may seek further action which may result in issues with your tenancy agreement.

To avoid this some tips include, ensuring the heating is put on often enough, opening windows in the bathroom or rooms where condensation usually occurs and not putting wet clothes on the radiators to dry.

When moisture gathers on a window in the form of condensation it gives an indication as to how much moisture is in the air and how much is being absorbed by the surrounding walls. Please be aware that windows may not indicate whether there is moisture in the air or not and you will only find out once the walls of the property have become moist and damp!

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