COVID-19 Update – Emergency Repairs

In line with Government guidance on reducing social contact, we will be operating an emergency repairs service only. All non-emergency repairs will be dealt with when the Government advises us that it is safe to do so.

The list of emergency repairs is below and follows key emergencies outlined in the Right to Repair legislation.
We will only be carrying out emergency repairs and where the immediate safety and well-being of our customers is at risk.

Definition of Emergency Repairs:
• Unsafe power or lighting sockets or electrical fittings
• Loss or part loss of electric power
• External windows, doors or locks which are not secure
• Loss or part loss of space or water heating if no alternative heating is available
• Toilets which do not flush (if there is no other toilet in the house)
• Blocked or leaking foul drains, soil stacks or toilet pans (if there is no other toilet in the house)
• A blocked sink, bath or basin
• Loss or part loss of water supply
• Significant leaking or flooding from a water or heating pipe, tank or cistern, water leaking through roof or fabric of the building due to external defect
• smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

In addition we will be suspending for at least the next three weeks the annual servicing of gas boilers and ongoing fire detection upgrade programme.

These emergency repairs can be reported by telephone on 03000 200 217

When you contact us you will be asked the following four questions. If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, the repair may not be carried out in order to keep people safe.

• Have you been to an affected place in the last 24 hours? or
• Had contact with somebody with Coronavirus? or
• Are there any household members who are over 70 years old or who have underlying health problems? and
• Do you have any of these symptoms?

What happens when the contractor arrives at your home to carry out the emergency repair?
The contractor will ask the four questions again, in case anything has changed. If it is safe to do so, the contractor will take these precautions:

1. Operative’s will use hand sanitiser to sterilise their hands and wear latex gloves where possible prior to entering.
2. Customers should open the door, then remove themselves to another room
3. Operatives will enter the property, locate the fault and make safe and/or carry out any works.
4. Once the service or repair is completed, the operatives will ensure the work area is left clean, advise the customer and leave the property.
5. As soon as the operative is outside the property, they will remove and bag the gloves for disposal.
6. Finally, the operative will use hand sanitiser to sterilise his hands.
All other non-emergency works will be deferred until we are advised by the Government that it is safe to carry these out.

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