Guide to Winter Maintenance for Property Owners in Flintshire

Author: Laura Coughlin - Managing Director & Property Professional

Posted: Mar 6, 2023

Winter can be a challenging time for property owners, but with a little preparation, you can minimize the risk of damage and keep your home in good condition. Here are some tips from Marshall Tonks to help you get started:


During the winter months, pipes are prone to freezing and bursting. To avoid this, keep the heating on at a low temperature, even if the property is unoccupied. Check all external pipes for leaks, breaks, or blockages, as blocked or leaking pipes are more likely to burst.

If your pipes do freeze, turn off the water supply and contact a plumber as soon as possible. Don’t attempt to thaw the pipes yourself, as this can cause further damage.


Make sure your gutters and drains are not blocked. Clean them out regularly, especially if you have trees overhanging your property. Guttering can become heavy with frozen water, and this can cause breaks and falls.

We recommend cleaning your gutters at least twice a year, in the autumn and spring.


Condensation problems can be much worse in the winter. Open windows and maintain an even temperature to help reduce condensation. Condensation salts can help with this problem, as can a dehumidifier.

Condensation salt is a product that can be used to absorb excess moisture in the air, helping to reduce the risk of damp and mold.


Insulation is always important, particularly in winter. Ensure your loft insulation is in good condition, and install draft excluders to keep out the cold air.

You can check your loft insulation by climbing up into the loft and checking the depth of the insulation. The recommended depth is 270mm.


Keep items for emergencies, such as a torch, and a basic tool kit, and a few contact numbers such as utility companies, insurance companies/details, and, if you are in a managed property with us, our office number. We operate regardless of the day or hour.

In case of an emergency, turn off the water supply and gas supply if necessary, and contact us as soon as possible.

Helpful web resources:

British Gas: Winter home maintenance tips (
Energy Saving Trust: Keeping your home warm (
National Landlords Association: Winter maintenance tips (

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