Home Maintenance Tip #6
Check around door and window frames for any signs of damp, such as black mould, rot or water penetration. It's also worth examining bathroom grouting, inside wardrobes and behind bed headboards for mould and damp. If there are any issues, clean mould away, treat rot and identify the cause of any water penetration (or get a PCA recommended surveyor to check it for you). Ignoring problems will only mean they get worse and more expensive to treat.
Home Maintenance Tip #7
Check the state of your exterior paintwork. If it's peeling or damaged, arrange for it to be repainted once the weather is warm and dry. Check for cracks and assess the state of the painting. You may also need a masonry protection cream such as Stormdryto help prevent water ingress. However, do make sure that you check it's suitable for your property and that you apply masonry protection cream to clean, unpainted walls to ensure that it works as it should.
Home Maintenance Tip #8
Clean any external decorations such as stonework or decorative terracotta. Avoid using strong cleaning products: just use a soft brush to sweep away dust or a damp cloth/stiffer brush for cleaning more stubborn dirt.
Home Maintenance Tip #9
Clean the windows and check surrounds for signs of rot or condensation. Wipe condensation from windows with a dry cloth, as it appears, to help minimise the risk of black mould developing around window frames.
Home Maintenance Tip #10
Develop good housing maintenance habits. Open kitchen windows after cooking and washing clothes; and open bathroom windows after showering or bathing. Don't dry clothes indoors (or if you have to, dry them on an airer in the bathroom with the door closed and window open and/or ventilation unit turned on.) Keep an eye on condensation trouble zones - and don't forget to look outside too: if soil or vegetable waste builds up around your home, it could bridge your damp proof course and cause problems.
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