Limit house defects

Home Maintenance Tips to limit House Defects

Maintenance around the house is something we know we need to do — but there are often far more interesting things to distract us! Committing to a regular regime, however, could lessen the chance of serious and possibly permanent defects occurring.

Consider these items, so your home stays in peak condition all year round.

♦︎ Inspect and clean your gutters of debris to prevent clogging and unnecessary leaks. A clogged gutter can also lead to structural damage over time.

♦︎ Have your roof inspected by a professional. Roof problems are not always obvious so you may not know that issues are building up. Some common problems include moisture and roof leaks, rotting fascia boards, rusty and leaking gutters and general lack of maintenance.

♦︎ Keep an eye on the condition of your stumps, particularly if they are timber. A visual inspection of the stumps will help determine whether restumping is required. If you’re renovating, restumping may be one of the first jobs you may need to consider to ensure the stability of the foundations.

♦︎ Seek some professional advice if you notice cracking in brickwork. To maintain the structural integrity of your home, any cracking larger than 12mm should be assessed by a structural engineer. We suggest that small cracks are monitored over a period of twelve months.

♦︎ Over time, most driveways begin to crack and show signs of wear and tear. If you notice a substantial amount of driveway cracking where the concrete is lifting, it’s important to monitor these cracks. Small cracks can often lead to significant issues if left unattended.

♦︎ Repair or replace damaged window screens to prevent any bugs making their way into the house. With regular maintenance, your window screen can last for years. It’s important to repair or replace a small hole or tear promptly to prevent it growing larger.

♦︎ Check your window sealants by looking for any gaps. Gaps and cracks around window frames can contribute to undesirable draughts and possibly, high energy bills. Replace any rubber seals that are worn out to help reduce air and water leaks. Sealing these areas is a relatively easy task that you can do yourself, without the assistance of an expert.

♦︎ Look for any signs of leaking outside the shower recess as well as damaged skirting boards. You may notice that grouting or silicon has come away from around the base of tiles. In these situations, it’s necessary to re-grout or re-apply silicon or mastic. A professional will be able to determine whether flooring and skirting boards need to be replaced, particularly if the damage is excessive.

♦︎ Check your deck or patio for any deterioration such as cracked boards, rotted wood or missing screws and nails. Determine if your deck needs sealing by sprinkling water on the deck’s boards. If the water soaks right in, then it’s time to reseal your deck.

♦︎ Add a layer of mulch to keep weeds down and help the ground retain its moisture in the heat. But avoid mulching around the weep holes in your brickwork or masonry to ensure termites can’t find an entry point into your house.

If you’re unsure of any of the above home maintenance issues and solutions, it’s always a good idea to call in the experts.