Care and repair

Care and Repair services for Inverclyde are delivered by Bridgewater Housing Association who provide free advice and information and also facilitate repairs, improvement, and adaptations to meet the needs of disabled people, to homes in the private sector.  This service is for those over 60, disabled homeowners, and private tenants.

Small Repairs Service

The Small Repairs team is made up of fully qualified tradepersons and provides repairs to home owners who are over 60 or who have a disability.  There is a small charge for this service of £15 per job, plus the cost of any material used.  Alternatively, for an annual membership fee of £45 homeowners can have as many small repairs visits as required during the year.

The Small Repairs Service will not undertake any jobs that are your landlords responsibility, if you are unsure what these are please contact Care & Repair services for advice.

In all cases, clients will still be responsible for the cost of any materials required to carry out the repair.

Examples of Small Repairs

Plumbing

  • Replace tap washers
  • Replace tap head gear
  • Fit lever tap kits (depending on exisitng taps)
  • Re-silicone baths and showers
  • Adjust / replace ball valves (not lofts)
  • Bleed radiators
  • Repair small leeks
  • Connect washing machines to existing pipe work
  • Unblock traps
  • Replace toilet seats
  • Unblock WC
  • Replace plugs / chains
  • WC cistern handles
  • Top up central heating (combi boiler)
  • Fit shower screens / curtains / hoses / riser rails
  • Replace bath panels
  • Repair outside taps (no install)

Joinery

  • Box in pipe work (small only, time consuming)
  • Repair door locks on wooden doors only
  • Fit spy holes
  • Replace letterbox
  • Fit handles / hinges
  • Adjust doors (after new carpet fitted etc.)
  • Fit grab rails (visual survey required)
  • Fit draught excluders
  • Fit shelves
  • Curtain track / poles
  • Small flat pack
  • Fit bathroom accessories / cabinets
  • Lower small kitchen cabinets
  • Fit vents
  • Repair drawers / runnners
  • Check broken floorboards

Electrical

  • Fault find and repair lights / sockets
  • Replace sockets / light switches
  • Replace lighting pendants
  • Replace lamps
  • Repair table lamps
  • Replace immersion thermostats (not elements)
  • Replace fire elements
  • Replace security lighting (as long as the cable is already there)
  • Replace bathroom fans / transformers
  • Install security lighting
  • Replace rings on cookers (dependent on age)
  • Install and repair door bells
  • Bond pipe work
  • Install battery operated smoke alarms
  • Replace mains operated smoke alarms
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors
  • Adjust time clocks
  • Replace C/H time clock
  • Install BT sockets (alert alarms only)
  • Replace filters, hoovers / extractors etc.
  • Replace storage heater elements (check asbestos list first)
  • Fault find / repair shower circuits up to the unit (don't replace parts inside)

General

  • Hang curtains
  • Fit blinds
  • Replace batteries
  • Move small furniture
  • Replace thresholds
  • Hang pictures / mirrors
  • Replace pulley ropes

 

Page last updated: 16 April 2019