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Home Maintenance: Top Tips

Published on: 10 February 2015

Home maintenance is one of those things that we often put off until the last minute. However, if you’re not careful, what could have been a small fix could turn into large and costly repairs. To avoid future headaches and expenses, it is vital to keep up with regular home maintenance tasks. Below are some basic home maintenance tips.

Kitchen and bathrooms

  • Replace or clean the grout between bathroom tiles. If your grout is intact but dirty, or has mould and mildew growing on it, you may be able to clean it instead of replacing it. It is a good idea to try milder products cleaning first and only resort to harsher chemicals if the milder ones do not get your grout clean.
  • An easy way to clean your showerhead is to place a plastic bag filled with white distilled vinegar over the showerhead. Use a rubber band or a twist tie around the showerhead arm to hold the bag in place. Allow the showerhead to soak in the vinegar for a few hours or overnight.
  • Inspect the silicon around sinks, showers, baths, taps and countertops. The average home has a number of areas that need to be sealed to prevent water penetration and damage.  If left open, water will get into the cupboards below the counter top and result in rotting wood, mould and a musty smell. With that said, remove and replace old and worn out silicone when necessary.

Walls

  • You can use polyfilla for smoothing out small cracks, dents and holes in paintwork, wood, cement plaster, and other interior masonry surfaces.
  • A fresh coat of paint is a sure-fire way to make breathe new life into your home and totally transform the look of your house in less time than any other remodelling project.

Windows

  • Replace the putty on your windows.  Sometimes the putty on your windows wears out, even though the glass is still in good shape. The putty is what creates an air and water tight seal between the window pane and the window frame. If the putty deteriorates, this seal is no longer functional.
  • Another easy of giving your home a facelift is by revarnishing wooden window frames or painting your aluminium frames.
  • Gutters and downspouts collect water from the roof and carry it away from the house. Therefore, it is important that you inspect, clean and maintain your gutters and downpipes regularly.  Check for loose or clogged gutters and broken or missing flashing materials, which help prevent leaks behind the gutters.
  • Inspect the fascia board. Roofing fascia board is another common area that can be damaged and may need to be repaired. The fascia is a vertical finishing edge connected to the ends of the rafters, trusses, or the area where the gutter is attached to the roof. The fascia protects the entire roof and the interior of the house from weather damage by blocking its entrance to the home.

Gutters, downpipes and facia boards

  • Gutters and downspouts collect water from the roof and carry it away from the house. Therefore, it is important that you inspect, clean and maintain your gutters and downpipes regularly.  Check for loose or clogged gutters and broken or missing flashing materials, which help prevent leaks behind the gutters.
  • Inspect the fascia board. Roofing fascia board is another common area that can be damaged and may need to be repaired. The fascia is a vertical finishing edge connected to the ends of the rafters, trusses, or the area where the gutter is attached to the roof. The fascia protects the entire roof and the interior of the house from weather damage by blocking its entrance to the home.

Just like your car, it is important to regularly maintain your home to keep it in the best condition possible. Your building insurance may not cover general wear and tear unless you have specific additional cover specified - so remember to check your Coversheet (Policy Schedule).