Doing maintenance checks around the home are jobs that are often put off until ‘next weekend’ but many of these checks are for safety reasons.
London, UK (PRWEB) March 27, 2011
The improved spring weather means more than giving the lawn a trim for homeowners, according to DIY shopping and support website, Trades Supermarket; it signifies the time to undertake necessary repair and maintenance checks, not only to make sure the house and garden look good and are safe for summer but also to save expenditure on major improvements in the long run.
The strong winds over the winter months may have impacted on the safety of areas in and around the home, such as roofs, guttering and fences. Homeowners should ensure wooden fence posts are still intact and embedded properly in the ground and now is a good time to treat them by applying a new coat of preservative. Checking guttering, fascias and roof tiles for damage and movement as well as clearing out any leaves and debris that has built-up over the winter is a must do job. However, ladder work is always a two person job and people who are not confident should consult professionals.
Checking for the onset of rot in wood is another important safety check, especially on sheds and decking, which could cause serious injury to people if either collapsed. With decking, people should be looking at the condition of the posts and also make sure the planking is nailed or screwed firmly in place. Shed owners should not only inspect the wood but also make sure the roofing felt has not shrunk or ripped, replacing it if necessary to prevent leaks, therefore avoiding further damage to the wood or the shed’s contents. If decking or sheds are due a fresh coat of a preservative treatment, make sure the timber is washed down using a stiff brush and sanders should be used lightly before application.
TV favourite and member of the Trades Supermarket team, Tommy Walsh, advises: “Doing maintenance checks around the home are jobs that are often put off until ‘next weekend’ but many of these checks are for safety reasons. You don’t want to risk any accidents or end up spending more money having to replace things, like your fascias or decking, in the long run. People who need to do a few repairs can make sure they are buying the building materials they need at the best price at Trades Supermarket, keeping costs to a minimum.”
In addition to providing deals and listings for tools and materials, Trades Supermarket also hosts Tommy’s trade secrets, a series of helpful video guides showing how to undertake DIY tasks around the home.
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