Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

A Little Care Prevents Big Repairs; Check a House to Avoid Nasty Decay

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

A Little Care Prevents Big Repairs; Check a House to Avoid Nasty Decay

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IF YOU ever forked out $2000-plus for a dental crown that started out as a spot of undetected decay, youall know what I mean.

A house eaten out by termites, a deck rotted through, and sagging guttering are all preventable - if you catch the early warning signs of decay.

Hereas a list of maintenance checks which are easily done and could save thousands of dollars in long-term repairs.

Regular checks

Smoke alarms: Fire authorities recommend testing smoke alarms once a month using a broom handle - the alarm should produce a beeping sound when the test button is pressed. Use long-lasting 9V alkaline batteries in your smoke alarm and replace alarms (both battery powered and 240v hard-wired) after 10 years.

Hot water tank: Tanks have a temperature and pressure relief valve, which stops excess heat and pressure building. It leaks water when the temperature or pressure is too high. Itas normal for some water to be expelled, but it shouldnat be excessive or too frequent.

There is a lever on the valve that allows it to flush a lift the lever a couple of times to clear any obstacles. If little or no water escapes or if it leaks after you close it, call a plumber. Rangehood and air-conditioning filters: If filters are dirty they wonat function efficiently. A dirty air-conditioner can cause or exacerbate respiratory problems such as asthma, bronchitis and even Legionnairesa disease. Remove and clean filters according to the manufactureras instructions.

Mould, dust and cobwebs: Routinely clean your home to keep on top of dust build-up, any mould and indications of pest infestations, like ants, spiders, cockroaches or rodents. Mould can damage what it grows on; the longer it grows, the greater the damage.

If you can see or smell it, get on to it fast with a good scrub. Open the windows whenever you can to allow natural ventilation. If mould persists, check for underlying causes like plumbing leaks or rising damp.

General stuff: Squeaky doors, loose towel- or hand- rails, missing knobs and handles, rotting caulking around sinks and taps, a broken tile, blown light bulb a[degrees] the list goes on. …

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