What is an emergency repair?

"An emergency repair is any fault which threatens harm to persons or property"

 

When an emergency repair is reported we aim to have a contractor at your property within 24 hours (with some repairs being made safe within 4 hours). To ensure the best use of our resources we have defined the emergency jobs that will attract the 24 hour priority.

Only genuine emergencies will be dealt with out-of-hours. If an emergency call-out is not a genuine emergency, the costs incurred will be charged to you.

  • Where you or your home is at risk due to a major water leak from any part of the heating system.
  • Where the heating system fails during periods of severe cold weather and where no alternative heating source is available.  We recommend that you purchase at least one portable fan heater for emergency situations.
  • Please note: Having no hot water is NOT considered an emergency. The only exception to this would be for household members who are frail, elderly or registered disabled.

If you smell gas, please telephone the National Gas Emergency Service immediately on 0800 111999 who will attend to isolate the meter and make safe where necessary. If this results in a lack of heating, it will be dealt with as above (see 'heating and hot water').

Advice:

Turn off your gas supply – the gas mains tap should be beside your gas meter.  Move the handle a quarter turn until it’s at 90 degrees from the pipe to shut off the gas supply.

DO:

  • Open doors and windows.
  • Check if the pilot light has gone out.  If any gas appliances have been left on, turn them off.
  • If the pilot light is still on and your gas appliances are all off, there may be a gas escape.
  • Wait outside for a gas engineer to arrive.

 

DON’T:

  • Smoke, light a match nor use any other naked flame.
  • Turn any electrical switches on or off.
  • Use doorbells, mobile phones or any other electrical switches which could cause a spark.

We will attend to this as an emergency when there is a total loss of power to sockets throughout your home -please check with the supplier before contacting us. Power loss to lighting circuits will be attended to only when there is a hazard to health, such as failure of all lights in your home or failure of lights to communal hallways.

Before contacting us, please check with your neighbours to see if they are affected and also the water utility company to ensure that works are not being carried out in the area.

Where a leak is minor and can be contained in a bucket or a bowl, no attendance will be made as an emergency. If the leak is causing damage, then it will be considered an emergency - especially if penetrating into an electrical fitting. In the interim you should turn off your water supply at your stopcock or gate valve.

Where a leak is minor and can be contained in a bucket or a bowl, no attendance will be made as an emergency. If the leak is causing damage, then it will be considered an emergency - especially if penetrating into an electrical fitting. In the interim you should turn off your water supply at your stopcock or gate valve.

We will deal with this as an emergency only if water is entering the building causing major damage or the loose part is dangerous and cannot be made safe by the resident.

You should always have the use of one toilet. If blocked, we will clear the blockage. Please note that, if the blockage is due to your actions, you will be charged for the repair.

If the damage is caused as a result of a crime, you must notify the local police who will give you a crime number that we will need for our records. We will make the window safe and secure at the emergency visit and make a further appointment to re-glaze.

This would be considered an emergency in several instances. For example, if a door is damaged in a break-in and will not close, if a ground floor window is jammed open or if a lock will not operate. If the damage is caused as a result of a crime please notify the local police who will supply you with a crime number, which we will need for our records. We will make safe and secure at the emergency visit.

Normally we will not attend lockouts if this is due to tenant neglect, such as losing a key or locking it in the property.  You can use our Handyman service but you will be charged for this repair and you must pay in advance.  Alternatively, you can contact a local locksmith.

We will attend and make safe walls and fences that are in a dangerous condition, for example due to storm damage.

We will repair manhole covers that are within curtilage (boundary) of your property only. We will attend as an emergency to repair, temporarily cover or protect damaged, loose or missing manhole covers if dangerous.

 

If you are not clear on whether your situation is an emergency please get in touch on 0330 355 1000