Spring isn’t just about spring cleaning, it’s also the perfect time to tackle some annual home maintenance jobs.
As we come out of winter and get prepared for summer, here’s a list of five home maintenance jobs to tackle now.
1. Air conditioner service and sanitisation
Unless you’ve been using your reverse cycle air conditioning to keep you warm during winter, your air conditioner has been sitting unused for three or more months.
Now is the perfect time to get it serviced and sanitised before it gets a work out during the hot summer months ahead.
A service and sanitisation will make sure your air conditioner is in perfect working order and the air you’re breathing in is clean and healthy.
During a service, dust and dirt, which can cause your system to overheat, will be cleaned from the condenser and evaporator coils and the filter will be cleansed of any unhealthy organisms such as bacteria, mould, mildew or fungi, which can cause health issues.
To keep your air conditioners in top working order and to ensure the air you are breathing is healthy, you should get your air conditioners serviced and sanitised annually.
2. Hot water system service
Your hot water system is another one that needs routine maintenance.
Regular routine maintenance can double the effective lifespan of your hot water system. Most hot water systems last between 10 to 12 years.
If you have a continuous/instantaneous flow hot water system it should be serviced annually and for electric/gas hot water systems, every five years.
A service of your hot water system, whatever the type – gas, solar, electric, continuous/instantaneous – must be done by a qualified and licenced plumber/gas fitter.
During the service, the qualified and licenced tradie will generally check:
One – the sacrificial anode, the metal rod suspended in the tank designed to attract impurities that could react and cause rust in the tank. Because the rod attracts these rust-causing impurities, the rod itself will rust and therefore needs replacing (usually around every five years). Not replacing the sacrificial anode is one of the most common causes of breakdown in a hot water system.
And two – the temperature and pressure relief valve. This valve helps regulate tank systems by venting hot water when needed. This valve will need replacing periodically.
3. Termite inspection
When was the last time you had your home termite or pest inspected? For some, it might have been when they bought the property.
In Australia, termites reportedly cause more than $100 million dollars worth of damage each year.
Termites are attracted to any material that contains cellulose, what they feed on. Materials such as wood, cardboard, paper, wires, cables and more.
But they are also attracted by landscaping timber, mulch, moisture, gardens, dead trees, poor drainage and stumps.
So chances are, if you have at least one of these termite attracting magnets, regardless of where you live in Australia, you need a termite check regularly.
But here in Mackay, where it is hot and humid, a perfect condition for termites, your risk of termite invasion is greater. Therefore, you should get a termite inspection if not every six months, at least annually.
4. Check smoke alarms
Smoke alarms save lives but only if they are in top working order.
Your smoke alarm batteries must be changed every year. The DFES uses April Fools’ day as the annual reminder to change smoke alarm batteries with new high-quality, long-life batteries.
But it also pays to get a qualified electrician check all your smoke alarms annually.
They will check your smoke alarms are in top working order and comply with legislation requirements.
In 2017, the Queensland Government introduced new smoke alarm legislation to make Queensland households the safest in regards to fire safety, in Australia.
Under the legislation, all Queensland dwellings are required to have interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms in every bedroom, every hallway that connects bedrooms with the rest of the dwelling and on every level.
The smoke alarms must be interconnected, photoelectric and hardwired or have a 10-year non-removable battery.
The rollout of interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms is happening over 10 years with three specific periods.
From January 1, 2017 interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms are required in all new dwellings and substantially renovated dwellings (this applies to building applications submitted from 1 January 2017).
From January 1, 2022 interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms are required in all domestic dwellings leased and sold and from January 1, 2027 interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms are required in all other domestic dwellings.
To comply with this new legislation, it is best to get a qualified electrician check your home to make sure it is compliant and safe.
5. Get pool ready
It’s already starting to warm up but before you can take a dip in your pool, there is a little work to be done to make sure your pool water is healthy and swim-ready.
Start by getting a pool technician to come and test the water to see what pool chemicals are required and in what doses.
Pool water lacking the right balance of chemicals can cause algae to multiply and microscopic in size, it can cause health issues and damage pool equipment.
Next, get the pool equipment checked.
While the pump is running, the pool technician will be checking the filter, skimmer box and basket and pump basket are all clean and there are no leaks or blockages in the pump, ensuring it is running efficiently.
If there are, you might be required to have parts serviced or replaced.
A sanitiser might be needed to destroy any organic waste and condition your pool water making it ready for other treatments.
Finally, the pool technician will re-balance your pool’s water chemistry with the required products and dosages. The right pH level dictates how much chlorine turns into hypochlorous acid (HCIO), an active ingredient needed to kill germs, algae and bacteria.