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Home Guttering Liability

Jan
29

If you’ve ever rented a property or let a property then you will know that both parties have certain responsibilities. These responsibilities will be detailed in the tenancy agreement which is signed when the tenant moves into the property. In addition to a tenancy agreement between the tenant and the landlord, there are also numerous laws that govern such a relationship between the two parties. The key Act within the United Kingdom being the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985.

Under the terms of a part in the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 it states that the maintenance and repairs of external structures including gutters, drains and external pipes. Many people often think that it is the responsibility of the tenant to keep the gutters clear from leaves and so on, but this is actually incorrect. It is only the tenant’s responsibility for a blockage or damage caused by the tenants own actions.

Thus, it is the responsibility of the landlord for the guttering on your property and this is something that you should take into account, as replacing a guttering system can be fairly expensive. That being said, it is possible to save a lot of money in terms of replacement, and future maintenance.

Gutter Materials

A lot of people do choose to install plastic or PVC guttering because it is fairly easy to install, doesn’t rust and is relatively cheap. However, plastic guttering does not withstand the elements, especially of the British weather system, which causes deterioration to the plastic, which over time can buckle and crack. Additionally, plastic guttering does not match the appearance, variety of styles that can be created within traditional metal guttering. The plastic often clashes with the appearance of the property and frankly looks cheap.

Aluminium Gutters

Better alternatives to plastic is to fit zinc, cast iron or aluminium guttering and a leading player in this industry in the UK is The Aluminium Guttering Company who provide their guttering service nationwide.

Aluminium gutters are the gutters of choice even when it comes to traditional buildings, but also brand new buildings as it can fit perfectly into almost any design. Unlike other forms of guttering, with aluminium it can be styled to fit many property types, from old traditional property designs to modern homes. Aluminium guttering is extremely durable and can be installed as is or come with a paint finish. Weathering of the aluminium gutters will gradually cause it to oxidize which actually protects the surface from further weathering.

There really is no need to install or replace old cast iron gutters with new as aluminium gutters can be styled to look the same as the cast iron. Also, they will not need to be repainted unlike the cast iron gutters which required repainting every three to five years depending on where your property is located and the weather it is exposed to.

Depending on the look of the building and for an aesthetically striking finish, you will be hard pushed to find a better alternative than zinc or copper. Both of these metals can be left to the elements which will oxidize in a similar way to aluminium in that it produces a pleasing finish and will also protect the guttering system for years to come. However, the cost involved installing this type of guttering system is usually very expensive, especially when compared to aluminium.

Selecting the correct guttering is an essential task if you want your property to look good. Maintenance costs should also be a factor when making this decision. Lifespan is another factor too. These main factors should be the key reasons for selecting a future guttering system for your home.

How to repair a leaking Washing Machine

Oct
02

How to fix common issues which cause a washing machine to leak

If you are reading this, then the odds are that you are frustrated by seeing a huge pool of water accumulation on the floor around your washing machine. Do not worry, you may not have to replace the whole machine. There are a few common problems which may be causing the washing machine to leak. So, before you call the repairman, try these few steps. Remember to have your user’s manual on hand to identify specific troubleshooting practices for your specific device as well as to understand the parts you may need to replace/repair. Before doing any maintenance, unplug the appliance.

Check the supply hoses

This is the most common areas for leaks to occur. The supply hoses are located on the back of the washing machine and connect directly to your hot and cold water. And while the hoses may have been attached firmly when the washer was installed, over time they can become loose, especially if the washing machine has been overloaded continuously causing rattling of the machine. If you see dripping around the connectors, use a plumber’s wrench and tighten the fasteners securely. Do not over tighten as you could break the plastic fittings to which it attaches.

Fasteners which are securely connected but showing signs of leakage may be due to a worn out hose washer or a cluttered filter. Check these two areas by removing the hoses. Be sure that you have the water supply turned off before disconnect. Using a pair of needle nose grips remove the washers and replace them with the new washer. To fix the filter, use your index finger to remove the filter from the hose connector inlet. Gently wash debris from the filter and replace.

Finally, if the hose has any visible rust or cracks, you will need to replace the hose. Most commercial home repair stores carry various washing machine hoses and lengths. Ensure that when you replace the hose that there are no pinches in the hose and that the water can flow to the machine easily.

Check the outer tub seal

The Washing machine aerator has a seal underneath it. Over time the rocking and shifting of the tub can cause the seal to become weakened and cracked. Simply remove the aerator from the washing machine and replace the seal to fix the problem.

Check your drain Hose

The drain hose of the washing machine may have become disengaged from the main pipe, or there may be debris in the drain pipe which is causing the water to back up. To check the drain hose, remove the hose from the drain pipe and inspect it for visual signs of water accumulation. If no signs are found then go to where the hose connects to the washing machine. Usually, the drain hose is connected by a metal clamp. See if the clamp has become loose. If so tighten it. If not then you will need to take off the hose and inspect it to see if there are any cracks or holes in the pipe. Do this by losing the clamp and removing (carefully as not to tear the rubber) the pipe. Once detached try to run water through the hose. If you see dripping or a leak you need to replace the hose.

Check the internal hoses

This will take you a bit more time and it is highly recommended that you do it in an area that has ample drainage (such as outside). Carefully turn the machine onto its face. One you are looking at the bottom of the appliance, remove the cover plating to the back. Check all rubber hoses for any cracks and signs of damage. Additionally, check all the hose connectors for leaks. Hoses which are attached by clamps should have the clamps loosened temporarily to see if the hose has eroded underneath the clamp. Clamps which are rusted should be replaced.

Check the pump

The final troubleshooting area to check is the pump of the washing machine. I have personally experienced this problem before. If a washing machine is overloaded, the laundry can sometimes make its way into the pump (such as a sock). Any debris which lodges in the pump will cause it not to work properly. In most cases, you will have to replace the pump (which is costly). However, sometimes you can remove the pump and remove the debris from the interior of the pump. It is very important to note that the blades inside of the pump are extremely fickle and if damaged will result in the pump not working correctly. It is advised that if you find debris in the pump that you hire a technician to fix the problem for you rather than try to take on the problem yourself.

Need a helping hand

If you need further help carrying out these tasks or need a home electrical appliance repaired, then call phoenix appliance repair right now and they will assist.

Land Surveys

Aug
03

Phase 1 Desktop study reports includes a preliminary risk assessment with most environmental consultants or environmental consulting companies.

A overall site walk through will results in an additional small fee, however the visual land contamination survey usually proves extremely valuable due to the information gained.