Category Archive: Maintenance

  1. Keeping Condensation and Mould in your Unit at Bay

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    Stop Mould From Taking Over Your Unit

    It is a common sight to wake up in winter and see a thick layer of condensation on your windows. Same as getting an icy cold bottle out of the fridge and leaving it on your tabletop for a good half hour. Condensation occurs when water vapour in the air is changed into a liquid. It occurs when water forms as droplets on a cold area when humid air is in contact with it. So, it forms on our windows when the cool air outside, connects with your windows where warm air is trapped within.

    A buid up of condensation can quickly cause serious mould problems which can start from some simple black spots to taking over entire walls in your home, most commonly in wet areas like your bathroom.

    So, thats our science lesson on condensation! But how do we avoid it?

    Avoiding Condensation Build Up in Units

    1. Keep Your Unit Ventilated.

      Even on those cold days, be sure to have some periods where windows are open to fresh air can ventilate through.

    2. Turn on fans in bathroom and open windows when showering.

      This will allow the excess moisture in the air to be taken away. It is also handy to close the bathroom door when showering as it will keep the moisture contained to your bathroom alone.

    3. Turn on exhaust fans when cooking.

      Your exhaust fan will take away any excess moisture.  It is also recommended to keep lids on pots and pans to stop moisture escaping.

    4. Dry your clothes outside as opposed to inside.

      Keeping wet clothes inside is an open invitation to invite mould into your home.

    5. Check for any suspicious leaks.

      If you have a leak in your ceiling it could be the cause of excess moisture.

    Follow these quick and simple tips to help keep the mould from settling in at your unit this winter.

  2. Get Your Home Winter-Ready

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    A Winter Checklist for Your Home

    Winter is knocking on our doors. As the cooler months approach, there are a number of things you can do to prepare your home for the cooler temperatures that lay in waiting. To keep things interesting and not all about cleaning and maintenance (yay!), we’ve mixed up a combination of both aesthetic and safety issues to consider in your winter checklist.

    1. Clean your air conditioning system

      Keeping your air conditioner in it’s peak condition is important both for the efficiency of the system and air quality. Dirty filters that have a build-up of residue and are clogged, can drastically reduce air quality and decrease the effectiveness of the system. As a result, the unfiltered air bypasses the filter and caries the dirt to the evaporator coil that will then impair its heat-absorbing capacity (Energy.gov). Replacing your clogged filter with a new one can lower your unit’s energy consumption by up to 15%. And that’s a lot on your power bills!

    2. Stock up on firewood

      For those lucky enough to have a fireplace to cuddle by with an open book on those cold winter nights… you are the lucky ones! If this is you, now is the time to check those firewood supplies and top them up! Don’t leave it til a cool winter night when collecting firewood is the last thing you want to do!

    3. Replace your summer doona with a winter one

      Time to delve deep into the linen cupboard and reach for that warm, fluffy winter doona. Opt for goose or duck down for the warmest doona that is still light and fluffy. Which leads us to our next point…

    4. Switch summer palettes for warm winter tones

      If you have opted for bright, summery tones during the warm months, not it’s time to switch it up for some deeper, earthy colours that exude winter charms. Dark blues, warm greys or deep purples and reds all help a room feel warm and cosy during the chilly nights.

    5. Bring out the rugs and throws

      It’s time to decorate couches, chairs and beds with those extra layers. Add a throw rug over your couch to add warmth as well as a bright hue to brighten a cold day. If you have hardwood or concrete floors that make your toes feel the chill, consider laying down a rug to get you through the next few months. Your toes will thank you!

    6. Run a maintenance check on your heaters

      Last but not least is to run a maintenance check on all your heaters. If in doubt, have an electrician to come in and check them for you. Remove all dust and wipe over with a damp cloth to ensure any build up is gone. Double check the connection to the power outlet and that everything is in good working order.

    Now you are winter ready! Just need to go and buy the Uggs…

     

  3. Is it Time to Replace Your Smoke Alarm Battery?

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    There are certain jobs we procrastinate on. Taking out the rubbish, cleaning our ovens or those pesky wardrobe runners. However, there are some jobs that have far worse consequences than a little built-up dust. And that is to replace your smoke alarm battery.

    Regular checks of your smoke alarm battery doesn’t just stop that constant beeping from keeping you up at night. It saves lives. It is the one device in your home that you should always have spare batteries on hand for.

    As a landlord, you have certain responsibilities when it comes to ensure the effective installation and maintenance of smoke alarms in your rented properties. For tenants, it is also in your best interest to keep up with checking and acting upon smoke alarm batteries that have run their course. Get in touch with your property manager to let them know it needs attention.

    Let’s revisit the NSW regulations on smoke alarms.

    NSW Residential Tenancies Act Guidelines

    • Landlords are responsible for installing smoke alarms in rented premises.
    • Landlords have the right of access to rented premises to fit or maintain smoke alarms. They must give tenants at least 2 days notice.
    • Neither the landlord nor the tenant is permitted to remove or interfere with the operation of a smoke alarm fitted in the rented premises.
    • Where a smoke alarm is of the type that has a replaceable battery, it is recommended that the landlord put a new battery in at the commencement of a tenancy.
    • After the tenancy begins, the tenant is responsible for replacing the battery if needed. Fire and Rescue NSW can assist elderly tenants or those physically unable to change a smoke detector battery.
    • The condition report includes a specific reference to smoke alarms. It specifies that tenants and landlords are able to note and comment on the presence of smoke alarms at the beginning and end of the tenancy.
    • Lastly, residential owners who rent out their premises as holiday accommodation are responsible for installing smoke alarms and replacing batteries.

    Source: (NSW Department of Fair Trading)

    So make sure that replacing your smoke alarm battery is not on your to-do list. Make sure it is a priority as lives can depend on it.