Just moved in to a freshly-renovated spanking new home in Singapore? Like any house proud homeowner, it pays to upkeep your new abode so that it remains in good-as-new condition for many years to come.
Here are 10 tips to help you get into the nitty-gritty of DIY home maintenance.
1. Service your aircon regularly – This will help to prolong its lifespan and keep it running efficiently.
2. Check your windows every 6 months – Regular maintenance of windows is essential for safety. There are different checks depending on whether you have casement, sliding or louvred windows. For example, if you have casement windows, you need to make sure rivets and screws are not loose, broken or corroded.
3. Inspect bathroom fittings occasionally – Clean bathroom fittings like taps and shower set with mild detergent to prevent tarnishing or corrosion. For shower screens, clean glass and sealant regularly to prevent fungi growth. Replace sealant when necessary to prevent water leakage due to wear-and-tear.
4. Electrical outlets – To prevent electrical trips and blown fuses, do not overload socket outlets and ensure that cables are not loose, cut or broken.
5. Clean tile floors regularly and mop up any spillage that may stain it. For parquet floors, avoid exposing it to excessive dampness as it may leave water stains or discolouration. Use rubber or soft soles on furniture legs.
6. Keep kitchen and bathroom floor traps clear – Chokes or foul smells are usually the result of blockages caused by solid materials such as hair, dirt or cooking oil, so dispose of those properly.
7. Check pipe fittings regularly for leaks – Engage a licensed plumber to fix any leakages.
8. Leaky taps are probably caused by worn-out washers. You can DIY by replacing the washer yourself.
9. Fix a strainer on bathroom wash basins or kitchen sinks – This will help to catch food scraps or other solid materials and avoid chokes or blockages.
10. To prevent toilet chokes, do not dispose of solid items down the toilet. Flush and clean toilets regularly to dislodge any impurities and avoid unpleasant odours.
All the above information is derived from the HDB Home Care Guide.