How General Repairs can Prevent Disaster

Prop Mainenance

General repairs in and around your property are the best way to prevent costly damage.

Managing the upkeep of your home ensures that it will retain its value and appeal, all systems will remain in excellent working condition, and breakdowns are minimised. Over time, weather and use will take its toll on the interior and exterior aspects of your property. Regular inspections and general repairs can prolong the life of all systems and components in your home. Here are some general repairs that can prevent disaster on your property.

General repairs and property maintenance tasks:

• Inspect electrical systems, wiring, cords and circuits. Make repairs as needed. If you are not comfortable doing this, hire a professional to test and repair for you.
• Test smoke detectors and change as required. Replace batteries annually. Smoke detectors have an average lifespan of about 10 years.
• Remove accumulated sediment from water heater.
• Clean kitchen exhaust fan filter to ensure safe and proper filtration.
• Fix leaks in and around your bathroom, toilet and kitchen. Seal tile grout. Inspect dishwasher for leaks to ensure efficient water usage and prevent damage.
• Remove leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts to prevent clogging, rust and corrosion.
• Clean and unclog drains in and around your house and repair damaged gutters or downspouts. Damaged gutters can lead to costly water damage.
• Service the sprinkler system. A damaged system can result in greater water usage and higher bills.
• Professionally service the air conditioning system and unblock air vents. Clean or replace filters. Dirty filters can cause the system to work harder and use more energy inefficiently, or it will altogether malfunction. Air conditioning systems should be professionally checked during the spring, and heating systems checked prior to cold weather.
• Inspect your roof every six months for soft spots, loose shingles or damaged tiles. Fix roof damage.
• Repair weather stripping and caulking around doors, windows, mechanicals and bathroom fixtures to avoid leaks and damage.
• Check your home for insects and unwanted pests such as carpenter ants or termites to prevent infestation and associated costs.
• Trim away bushes and trees from the foundation of the property to minimise risk of infestation.
• Repair doors and windows to prevent draughts and ensure proper sealing. Untended leaks can see an increase in your energy usage and expenses.
• Examine paint and look for signs of peeling. Repaint problem areas to prevent rot and damp.
• Have your plumbing checked to make sure pipes are well-insulated and not leaking.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of general repairs and property maintenance tasks. However, it is a good start to ensure preventative maintenance and upkeep of your home. By keeping on top of these general repairs, you will minimise the risk of damage to your home and maintain an attractive and valuable property. Undertaking regular, routine tasks such as those listed above is the most cost-effective way to maintain your home.

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