Property Maintenance Advice

General

A home will deteriorate from new and therefore requires regular maintenance and repair.

The following notes are intended to help you inspect and maintain your property on a regular basis. The list is not intended to be fully comprehensive, nor to include every building type. If in doubt, seek our further advice.

Exterior

Chimneys

Chimney pots should be kept in good order ensuring that they are securely cemented to the top of the stack. The cement joints should be maintained in good condition and any cracking repaired at once. Metal flashings should be intact and firmly fitted. Ensure aerials are securely fixed appliance repair los angeles.

Roofs – Pitched

Roof slopes should be overhauled and any slates or tiles that are cracked or slipped replaced. Ridge and hip tiles should be firmly bedded in mortar. Cement pointing at the roof edges must be repaired as necessary if cracked or loose.

Roofs – Flat

These have a limited life span. Make sure that the chippings (where provided) remain evenly laid, edges must be properly sealed, and cracked or bubbled areas repaired or renewed. Upstands should be properly sealed and fitted into mortar joints and mortar fillets free from defects.

Parapet/Valley Guttering Gutters should run to the downpipe heads at even slope and be free from splits and cracks. Clean out gutters and valleys regularly to remove weeds, leaves and other debris and ensure that joints are watertight.

Rainwater Gutters & Downpipes

Check that all junctions of the gutters to the downpipes, the joints between the downpipes and the underground piping are in good order.

Joinery – Barge Boards

Soffits & Fascias These should be securely fixed, free from rot and maintained in good decorative order.

Joinery

Windows & Doors Periodically inspect the frames and repair any timbers affected by wet rot. Regular painting helps prevent rot occurring.

Keep the joints between the windows, door frames and the brickwork in good watertight condition with a pliable mastic sealant.

Cracked panes of glass are dangerous and should be replaced.

Replace any broken sash cords and window catches. Regularly lubricate hinges and make sure all opening sections move freely but can be adequately secured.

Check for faulty double glazed units evidenced by condensation or misting within the units.

Ensure the drip channels beneath the external sills are clear and not clogged.

Walls & Damp Proof Course

Generally keep the brickwork mortar joints in good order, particularly in solid walls. Poor maintenance of brick pointing leads to damp penetration and damage to brick surfaces. If you notice any minor cracks, rake out the mortar and renew it. If you are concerned about cracks or any bulging or distortion which may become apparent, seek our further advice.

Ground levels should be maintained at least 150mm below the level of the damp proof course.

Regularly redecorate any painted walls or timber board areas. Outside paintwork should be redecorated every five years.

Cut back wall creepers regularly as certain types destroy the mortar joints between the bricks and encourage dampness and insects.

Render Loose, hollow or cracked render should be hacked off and replaced. Where decorations are poor, redecorate with an external masonry paint.

Cladding Regularly redecorate timber boarded cladding, cutting out and replacing damaged/rot affected areas. Replace slipped, broken or missing hung tiles.

Air Bricks Air bricks should be adequate in number and clear from blockage and vegetation.

Garden Walls & Fences

Brick walls and retaining walls should be checked for stability, spalled and weathered areas cut out and replaced.

Paths & Driveways

Check for uneven areas, cracks and worn surfaces.

Common Areas

Report areas of disrepair to the managing agents or sharing owners.

Garages & Outbuildings

Check the roofs, gutters, downpipes and walls as detailed for the house.

Regularly decorate timber surfaces. Keep the door hinges, pulleys and locks well oiled. Clear out any sliding door channels regularly.

Interior

Roof Void

Check for wood boring beetle infestation rot and decay, rodent activity, torn/missing underfelt, leaks, adequate ventilation and insulation.

Ceilings

Sagging and cracked ceilings may indicate the need for repair or replacement. Investigate the source of any damp staining.

Walls

Examine surfaces for signs of cracking, bulging or other defects. If damp staining occurs to decorations, the cause should be investigated.

Chimney Breasts

Fireplaces, if sealed, should be adequately ventilated. Open fireplaces should be regularly swept at least annually.

Floors

Take care not to overload timber floors. If any unevenness, distortion, cracking or dampness should become apparent, seek our further advice.

Joinery & Decorations

Keep the ceilings, walls and woodwork in good decorative condition.

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