Does your house need an M.O.T?

The health of a house depends on many things: not only the integrity of its own structure, but also the strains and stresses of our everyday lives, our neighbours’ actions, and of course the weather. To keep your house happy and well maintained we recommended performing an annual check – just as you would with your car.

Boiler & Gas Appliances
It is essential to ensure that boilers and gas appliances are working well. The heating engineer will perform a full service, to check, clean and test all the different functions of the appliance. If it breaks down and you have not carried out an annual service — even if it is still under warranty — you will be liable for the cost of the repair. Note that an annual service is legally required for tenanted properties

Unvented Hot Water Cylinders
The annual service of unvented hot water cylinders includes testing the safety valves, recharging the pressure vessels, cleaning the pressure reduction valve and checking the electrical connections. Servicing helps to prevent general system failure, overheating and pressure build up. It will help to keep the water heater safe and in line with building regulations, and may well be required by your home insurance.

Cleaning gutters and drains
Gutters have one job: to guide rainwater off your roof and straight down the drain. However they also play a huge role in the structural integrity of your house, for if they become clogged or broken this could result in major leaks or damp. Keeping them clean is a simple way to avoid potential costly expense of repair. We recommend servicing your gutters and drains in the autumn to remove fallen leaves and detritus and again in the spring in case bad winter weather has caused any damage.

Monitor smoke alarm & CO detector
We all want to keep our home and family safe, and one of the most important ways we can do this is to ensure that we have smoke alarms, heat detectors and carbon monoxide (CO) alarm correctly installed. There should be one smoke alarm on every floor, and possibly an extra alarm in rooms with large appliances such as a large television or fridge freezer. Heat detectors should be installed in the kitchen, bathroom and garage as they are less likely to be set off by water vapour. A CO detector should be located in all rooms containing gas appliances, such as the kitchen or boiler room. All three should be tested once a year and be fitted with replacement batteries when needed.

Radiator bleeding
Sometimes you may find your radiator does not distribute heat evenly from its surface. This is generally due to air that is trapped inside the system, and can be fixed by a process known as radiator bleeding. The engineer will release the air, check the boiler pressure and run a ‘hot test’ to ensure the system is working well. We recommend that your radiators are checked in the early Autumn to avoid any disappointment in the colder months.