Repairs & Report IT

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REPAIRS

All properties are prone to wear and tear over time and so residents are advised to report repairs as soon as possible to try to get the problem solved.

When reporting repairs to CETRA, the more detail that is provided, the better.

Normally all repairs are inspected by CETRA and it’s contractor, but in most instances the job is passed directly to our contractors.

In June 2010 we appointed GASNET Repairs and Maintenance Division to deliver the repairs and maintenance service to the Cedars Estate. The procurement process was a joint exercise with another Lambeth TMO and we were able to secure substantial savings from the economies of scale. It is one of our aims to ensure that this service is of the highest calibre and the various performance targets are met. Residents can report a repair by contacting the office, by telephone, email or using the “Report It” facility on the website.

We normally give residents a morning or afternoon appointment at a date appropriate to the urgency of the repair. Out of Hours reporting is provided through Lambeth’s call centre and passed onto GASNET.

Repairs have a strong impact on the overall satisfaction levels. Therefore CETRA will aim to improve this service with particular regard to the way staff deal with repair requests, ensuring we have a repairs reporting programme that is fit for purpose, how well staff understand the nature of repair and the overall quality of the repair work.

Smoke alarms

CETRA often receives queries concerning smoke alarms where the main issue is generally to do with the smoke alarm beeping.

There are several reasons as to why this is:

  • Battery Issues. If the battery doesn’t fully power the smoke detector, it can’t function properly. A consistent beep.
  • Dirty Sensing Chamber. Dirt inside the sensing chamber can cause the smoke detector to make sounds even when there isn’t.
  • Environmental Interference. Environmental factors sometimes cause smoke detectors to beep. Humidity, steam or extreme condensation.
  • Hardwire Power Reset. Hardwired smoke detectors may need a power reset to stop the beeping, even if you replace the batteries.

The most common reason for the smoke alarm beeping, is in fact due to the batteries needing to be replaced. However, smoke alarm covers can often be fairly tricky to remove and so more often then not, residents will tend to ignore the beeping and wait for the batteries to completely wear out. Having a working smoking alarm is imperitive to your health & safety as well as your neighbours, and so it is important to ensure that the batteries are replaced as and when.

In order to help those who may find it difficult to replace the batteries in their smoke alarms due to the cover, we have provided detailed instructions – please click the following link Smoke alarm instructions