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Easy maintenance projects to carry out on your property

We all know that we’re supposed to carry out regular checks to our properties to make them last longer. They don’t need to be costly fixes, in fact, it should save you money in the long run. We all know about clearing our gutters from debris, but here are the more overlooked tasks you should keep an eye out for.

Smoke alarms

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Check your smoke alarms regularly and ensure the batteries aren’t running low. A good rule of thumb is to change batteries every year. Smoke alarms should be placed on each floor and preferably close to your bedroom so you can hear it. Optical alarms are more expensive than ionisation alarms, but the former will be able to detect slow-burning fires. Ionisation alarms are more designed for fierce fires. It’s a good idea to also install a carbon monoxide alarm, which will alert if there’s a gas leakage in the property.

Windows

 

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Have a look at your windows and try and spot any signs of damp coming through. Condensation channels and sponge strips can be placed around the window frame to gather any condensation. Windows need to be air and water tight, if your wooden windows are old they might need a new coat of paint to protect them from rotting. The wood might also need some treatment, so it’s a good idea to get a tradesman in to prep and restore. The tradesman can also check for termites or woodworm.

Shower tray

Often overlooked, silicone sealant fights off water damage like nothing else. However, over the years silicon deteriorates and will grow mould. If the material is in poor shape, water will inevitably get in. Although scraping off the silicone sealant with a Stanley knife and re-sealing it sounds like an easy job, it’s can prove tricky to get it neat and water tight. The area will need to be proper cleaned with alcohol before new silicon sealant is applied. Otherwise, it’s risks not bonding.

Security locks

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Install a 5-lever mortice lock to add strength to the doors. For insurance purposes, go for British Standard BS3621, this type has been tested for its burglar resistance. It’s not enough putting good locks in however, the doors and frames have to be of good condition too to ensure that no one can break in. Wooden doors, for example, are recommended to be at least 44mm thick. Glass doors can be strengthened  by exchanging the glass for laminate and there’s also a film you can stick over the glass to make it harder to break. Fitting a door viewer is always a good idea. When you’ve secured your door, move on to the windows!

If it’s time to update your property, but you don’t have the skills or time to do it yourself, post your job for free on RatedPeople.com and let a professional help you. From locksmiths to bathroom experts and window specialist, find a recommended tradesman for you and your job. 

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