10 home-maintenance jobs to tackle in autumn
10 simple home maintenance jobs to help get your home ready for autumn.
As the days shorten and a chill nips the morning air, preparing your home for the season ahead could help prevent a disaster later on.
RACV’s trade training manager Andy Anderson says every autumn RACV’s Emergency Home Assist receives a surge in callouts to help with issues that could have been avoided with a little preparation.
Last year RACV’s tradies attended a record 15,000 callouts between 1 March and 30 May to help with home emergencies, with the most common problems being blocked pipes, drains and toilets, damaged gas heaters and burst taps.
Almost one in five calls involved blocked drains, toilets and pipes, with drain and pipe blockages commonly caused by tree leaves and debris blocking gutters, downpipes and stormwater drains.
“If you clean your gutters at the start of the season you’ve got the best shot at avoiding problems when the rains come,” says Andy. He says blocked gutters can cause extensive damage if water overflow is forced into a home’s roof cavity or down the walls.