Here’s five simple jobs you can do to keep your place shipshape this summer.
Clean the gutters
Heavy summer rains need space to drain away and they can’t do that if the gutters are full of leaves. Grab a pair of gloves, a bucket and a ladder and clean them out. Make sure the ladder is steady before climbing (or even better, have someone hold it for you) and never over reach. Finish by washing out the gutters with a hose.
Stop the termites
Clear away any branches or shrubbery brushing up against your house, as this can be a way for termites to bypass any barriers and gain access to your home. Pay special attention around sub-floor vents if you have them. Termites love moist, humid environments and good airflow under your house is the best way to deter them.
Keep things sliding
Make sure all your sliding windows and doors are operating smoothly. It might be as simple as dust and dirt clogging up the tracks. If so, clean them out with a vacuum cleaner. If you still have no joy, it is probably the rollers. Remove the window or door and inspect them. They may have seized up or developed a flat spot that’s preventing them from rolling. Unscrew them and take them to the hardware store to find a matching replacement.
Stop any leaks
It may seem like the occasional drip, but leaking taps end up wasting a lot of water. In older style taps this usually means a worn washer. Turn off the water at the mains then remove the handle and tap body to get at the washer. Replace the washer with a new one and reassemble the tap. Leaking mixer taps will require a new mixer cartridge. Check the specifications of the tap for info on disassembly then replace the cartridge. Always take the old part with you when buying new so you get the right one.
Fix your flyscreens
Keep all those uninvited guests out of you place by repairing any holes in your fly screens. Remove the screen from the window and pull out the rubber strip, called the spline, from the back. Place the new mesh over the frame and wedge the spline back into one corner. Use a spline roller to force it into the groove in the frame quickly and easily. Make sure the mesh remains taut as you go.