Tuesday, 08 December 2009 00:00
According to Archicentre, which conducts 20,000 pre-purchase and design reports annually across Australia, many homeowners ignore basic maintenance issues which can develop into costly problems.
With fire prevention a major issue over summer the condition of roofs and guttering, which can become a deadly fire hazard if full of dried leaves and sticks, are top priorities for attention.
Angus Kell, ACT & NSW State Manager of Archicentre said in summer we usually experience a number of thunderstorms with heavy rain and high winds which could dislodge tiles, fill gutters with debris or loosen roof sheeting.
to make sure that heavy rain can drain away as quickly as
systems, including the condition of roofs, guttering, downpipes
water drains need to be checked so they are clear of debris.
"People who put off fixing leaks could be putting themselves and
at risk especially if the water is likely to enter the
"Following major storms leaking roof problems can lead to dangerous situations where water can penetrate walls, roof linings, and insulation leading to the growth of mould and deterioration of the home. Apart from the exterior visual condition of the roof, it is also vital that inside the roof cavity is inspected for structural soundness."
Mr Kell warned home owners to be extremely careful about climbing on roofs to clear debris when the roof is wet and slippery and urged people to leave this to professional tradespersons.
"A summer tune up on the home over the Christmas holidays is a practical money saving activity which protects the value of the asset and improves the quality of life of families."
has released the following top Summer Home Tune up tips:
* Check guttering is clear of debris to limit fire hazards and to stop any water backing up and flowing back into roof spaces or under the home. Consider installing a gutter guard to keep gutter clear of leaves and sticks.
* Ensure downpipes are clear and flow into the storm water drain or the tank system not under the home.
* Have the roof checked for broken tiles or slates, or loose iron and flashing leaks.
* Check around the exterior and under the house for any excessive dampness or water pooling. Check for sub-floor dampness or any rubbish under the home which can attract termites.
* In the garden clear away rubbish close to the home and check for any slippery damp steps, pathways or driveway areas.
* Check for any mould spots on interior walls which could show a sign of dampness in the home.
* Check seals around windows and doors for temperature control.
* Undertake an audit of all taps to repair any dripping taps.
* Check all power points are functioning correctly and have any with scorch marks replaced by a certified registered electrician.
* Survey any cracking which may be occurring in the home.
* Check your timber decking including hand rails for structural safety
* Check the operation of the swimming pool safety gate.
* Ensure you have a fire plan in place with your family.
*Check that your storage of all inflammable materials is safe and secure.
Angus Kell, ACT & NSW State Manager Archicentre (02) 9411 1000 Mobile: 0412 565 023
Ron Smith Corporate Media Communications (03) 9818 5700 Mobile: 0417 329 201