Damage to flues caused by strong winds has forced a London council to switch off hot water and heating systems to around 170 flats.
Merton Council took the action to close down boilers at the High Path Estate in Wimbledon after problems were identified in three blocks of flats.
Safety concerns were raised after bad weather conditions led to problems with heating and hot water supplies on the estate. A council investigation then discovered substantial deterioration to each of the communal flues, rendering them unserviceable.
As a precautionary measure council officers immediately capped off the gas supply to the heating and hot water to each of the three blocks and provided each household with temporary electric heating.
A council spokesman said: “The council will now install individual, new heating and hot water systems, which will provide a boiler and radiators for all homes, including leasehold, that were connected to the communal flue, without cost.
“Residents can expect the new heating systems to be more efficient, cheaper to run and to generate more warmth in winter.
“It is anticipated that the work will take around two and a half days per home.
“Approximately 30 homes per week will benefit from the new installations.”
Older and vulnerable people are being prioritised alongside families with small children.