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Property Problems to Watch Out for in Winter

Housing Disrepair in the Winter Months
October 4, 2019

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Problems in your property can be a pain to deal with. And, unfortunately there are several problems that are much more prevalent or noticeable in Winter. So, find out here what those problems are and what to watch out for before they cause any major issues.

Some of the common problems noticeable in Winter include:

  • Ill fitting windows, or doors, causing draughts
  • Boiler breakdowns
  • Roof issues
  • Problems with gutters or downpipes

These are all problems that can easily be prevented. However, sometimes when you rent a property, your landlord fails to keep on top of things. Your landlord has certain responsibilities when it comes to the state of your home and should be trying to prevent your home falling into disrepair. So, if you believe your landlord is neglecting those responsibilities, get in touch today. We may be able to get you compensation.

Ill-Fitting or Damaged Windows

Window frame can cause draughts to enter if they are poorly fitted or damaged. And, going into Winter, you’re more likely to notice the draughts, which can be due to a few things being poorly fitted.

  • Broken window hinges
  • Bad window lock or seal
  • Poor plastering & window board fit

You can test out a couple of things to check your windows are up to scratch. The biggest and most obvious indicator is that you can feel the draft from your windows. Aside from this, if you have difficulty opening and closing a window, or you can still hear noise from outside when they’re closed, there’s a good chance there’s a problem with your windows.

Boiler Breakdowns

Another problem that is more noticeable in Winter is a boiler breakdown. Your boiler will be working harder, more often throughout the Winter months, so is more likely to develop a fault. On top of that, if there is a fault, you’re more likely to notice the difference.

The most common piece of advice you’ll hear to help prevent this is to use the heating regularly to prevent cold damage to your pipes. So, it’s good practice to keep on top of this, especially as a frozen condensate pipe is one of the top causes of boiler issues.

Roof Problems

Your roof can also have some serious problems throughout Winter. Roof leaks, damaged or fallen slates, and structural damage are all more common in Winter.

In Winter, heavy snowfall or a build-up of ice can put a huge weight on the structure of your roof. So, structural damage can become a problem if not kept on top of. And, with heavier rain and stronger winds, damaged and falling slates are more common throughout Winter. With that or other damage, it’s easier for leaks to develop and cause further problems.

Problems with Gutters or Downpipes

Guttering is particularly at risk in Winter. It’s easier for a blockage to build up in a gutter with leaves, or even a build-up of ice. And, with heavier rain a blockage or leak can cause more water damage or damp problems in your property.

Keeping your gutters clean and clear, and regularly checking for blockages, is the best way to avoid problems like these throughout Winter. 

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How Can Chris Rudd Solicitors Help?

If you live in a rented property, your landlord may be responsible for some or all these things. If that is the case, but they aren’t meeting those responsibilities, you may be entitled to make a claim.

Chris Rudd Solicitors can help you to make a housing disrepair claim against your landlord. We can get repairs and maintenance that you need done. And, we could get you over £1000 in compensation.

If you think we can help you, please get in touch by calling 01925 351 350. Or, fill out the form on our contact page.

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