Maintenance Tips - June
Those long nights are now well and truly set in and we are spending more time indoors keeping out of the weather. This is an ideal time to carry out a few things which are mainly inside.
Blog objective: To help provide you the homeowner with a regular property inspection checklist. If used this can help identify repairs and maintenance early and thus keep the work relatively quick and simple, and thus avoid big bills. The aim is to give you a more informed idea of what to look out for. If you are a reasonably competent DIYer you may carry out the work. However, if you do not have the time, inclination, tools or expertise to do so then it is highly recommended you seek experienced help. If you do seek help hopefully this blog will help you better understand the work to be done and enable you to better communicate with your tradesmen.
Disclaimer: Because our houses vary considerably in their architecture, structure, materials and are in very varied climatic regions this blog can in no way be taken to cover all aspects of residential repairs and maintenance. It is only intended as a guide. It is you the homeowner’s responsibility to ensure that all work undertaken by either yourself, or another, complies with the New Zealand Building code, Local Building Regulations, follows manufacturers and trades best practice and is of an acceptable workmanship. When you are inspecting your property, it is your responsibility to do so in a safe manner. If in doubt stop and get experienced advice and or help.
If you have condensation on the windows in the morning: wipe condensation off with an old dry towel
If you have aluminum windows clean out drainage channel and weep holes at the bottom of the window – a straightened paper clip can be useful for this
Open all house windows for 15 min every morning just before you leave the house - this will change the internal humid air (built up over night) to be changed with dryer outside air, and over time will help reduce ‘crying windows’.
Ensure curtains are lined with a tight weaved fabric which are tight fitting to the window frames and are floor length.
Check window seals for any large gaps or damaged seals. Often easy to see but you can also feel the draft if you run the back of your hand around the opening.
Go around the house and examine the skirting boards and walls for flaking paint, misshapen ‘blown’ moldings or a cold damp feeling. Especially look at walls backing on to wet areas (kitchen, laundry, bathrooms). And don’t forget in those cupboards.
Look up at the ceiling as you go and look carefully for any discoloration of the paint. This may be caused by a leak in the roof, or your insulation has moved for some reason.
First thing on a cold frosty morning have a quick look up at the roof. If there are patches with no frost this indicates a warm spot and often can indicate a gap in the insulation below
That's it for this month. Remember if you are unsure seek advice early don't leave it - The longer you leave it the potentially more dangerous and more costly to resolve.