Fire detection systems

Fire detection systems

Fire detection systems are denoted by the size of a building, building construction, planning requirements, etc. Some things though are mandatory. Below, we’ve tried to explain as many systems as possible. Internal smoke and heat detectors Ever burnt the toast and suddenly the whole world seems to be filled with

Fire extinguishers in communal corridors

Imagine this being set off in the corridor outside your apartment!

Can we have fire extinguishers in the communal corridors? You’ll think this a strange answer, but no. There are good reasons why not and below we’ve listed a number of the main reasons for communal areas being extinguisher free. If there is a fire the guidance is to leave the


Compartmentalisation is a big word, and it really has a big meaning when it comes to your safety in relation to fire protection. Your apartment and the building you live in have a number of hidden and unnoticed things built in to protect you. In a modern building, each apartment

There’s a fire! Stay put? Are you mad?

Fire at Lighthouse Apartments

Have you ever heard of a stay put policy in relation to fire? Well, living in an apartment block is very different to living in a house. If you had a fire in your house you’d get out prompt. The benefit of a house is you are never far from

Abseiling for window cleaning

Window cleaning

  For the last of our three articles about window cleaning, we’re going to look at abseiling. This one is the visually most scary looking option but if completed correctly is highly effective. This option requires the window cleaners to hang by ropes from the roof and clean the windows

Cherry picker for window cleaning

Jay Eitel - founder of the cherry picker

Continuing the theme of window cleaning from last week, we are going to look at cleaning of windows using a cherry picker. What’s a cherry picker? A cherry picker is generally a lorry or a small van with the back removed. This is then replaced with a platform and a

Reach and wash system for window cleaning

Reach and wash window cleaning

Have you seen windows being cleaned by a man stood on the pavement with a very long pole with a brush on the end and water coming out of the brush? If you have, you’ll have seen the system which is called reach and wash being used on the building.



We often find that in winter we get reports of mould and damp patches. Often, we find this is condensation, but we know it’s often one of the hardest things to convince the resident that the mould/damp could be caused by their activities. Condensation is when the air in the

Weekly Surgery

You can’t know everything, especially in property management. Every building is different, its residents have different expectations and every building has different leases adding vast complexity to being a property manager. Every week something will crop up where the next actions are not clear and we’ve been reviewing how to

Electric immersion tank

Electric immersion tank

Does your apartment have an electric immersion tank to heat the water? If it does then read on as this article could save you a few hundred pounds each year. Often the immersion tanks installed 10 years ago were a permanently on unit, the idea being that the tanks are