Published by Hassan Rogers on August 4, 2016

Essential Maintenance For A House

If you want your house to look as good in 5 years as it did when you first bought or built it, then you have to take proper care of it. Over time, weather, tear and wear will make a house lose its pristine look and it will soon seem shabby if the necessary steps are not taken. Here are a few services and aspects of the house you will need to regularly check and maintain if the house is to maintain its solidity and commercial value.

The Plumbing
Thanks to technology, the pipes that are inlaid these days can actually withstand corrosion and other damage for a long time. Somewhere around the 2 year mark however, it might be a good idea to have a plumber come and do a check-up. Water and air are extremely corrosive elements and therefore there may be damages not visible to the naked eye which you need to replace and repair soon. There have been plenty of instances where water from upstairs bathrooms have leaked out of old and degraded plumbing into the concrete of the floor and seeped through into the plaster of the ceiling below. These create huge mildew patches on the roof and are extremely difficult to fix. A plumber can look at the T joints of the plumbing laid all over the house and tell you if anything needs fixing.

The Wiring
The walls of almost every house are laid out with wires (unless you have external wiring) which again, can be subject to wear and tear over the years. If your electrical metre shows spikes in its reading that cannot be explained it might be time to call an electrician in Pascoe Vale for a once over. Have him/her go through the fuse board, the light fittings and the metre.

As the metal wires get older, they develop resistance which translates to more electricity necessary for the various appliances and lighting in the household. The electrician can let you know of improved gadgets that will cut down on electricity consumption and suggest ways in which you can improve efficiency. When your house is 2-3 years old and your lights are starting to flicker, you know it’s time to make that call.

The Painting
The walls are some of the first things in a house to start looking old and used because they get dirty very quickly. Finger marks, foot prints, stains and other things can make the once pristine walls shabby. If the walls are papered, it shouldn’t be too hard for you to tear down the initial layer and re-paper the wall. If not, and your walls are painted, you will need to call a professional painter as they can do the job much faster than you. Of course if you’re looking for economy over convenience, you can paint the walls yourself. If you’re using the same colour, one thick coat should do it. But if you want to try a different colour, it will take a double coat.