Re­pair­ing roofs, up­dat­ing ceil­ings

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION - By PAUL SIN­CLAIR,

In­tel­li­gent Trade Ser­vices The rain we have re­ceived dur­ing July has made choos­ing a topic for this month’s col­umn easy.

The num­ber of roof re­pair in­quiries we have re­ceived in the past four weeks has quadru­pled – I think many have taken on board my ad­vice to take care of home main­te­nance is­sues as they oc­cur.

This saves money in the long run.

Right now our plum­bers, builders and roofers are flat-out pre­vent­ing in­ter­nal dam­age from leak­ing roofs.

Vis­it­ing these prop­er­ties as part of I Trade Ser­vices’ free quote process has brought to light an­other win­ter-spe­cific main­te­nance is­sue: ceil­ings with sig­nif­i­cant mould growth from a lack of air­ing.

Most of these are in ten­anted sit­u­a­tions where the ten­ants do not have the same in­ter­est in look­ing af­ter the prop­erty as some­one who owns their own home.

Many flat­ting sit­u­a­tions have the res­i­dents leav­ing for work with their house closed up for the day af­ter mul­ti­ple show­ers, leav­ing a hot, moist at­mos­phere in the house and con­den­sa­tion on ceil­ings – a per­fect en­vi­ron­ment for mould to grow.

The re­quired work to rem­edy this can cost thou­sands.

Some pre­ven­ta­tive so­lu­tions to this are hav­ing shower domes fit­ted to con­tain steam in the shower, hav­ing a ven­ti­la­tion sys­tem in­stalled in your house, or hav­ing an ex­ter­nally vent­ing ex­trac­tor fan fit­ted to the bath­room or kitchen.

Since ten­ants like to keep power bills to a min­i­mum and may not care they are dam­ag­ing your prop­erty, a cun­ning plan is to have the ex­trac­tor fan come on when the light is turned on. Shav­ing in the dark is not for the faint-hearted!

Now here’s one that may catch you on the trot:

Body cor­po­rate mem­bers, did you know that new leg­is­la­tion com­ing into place dic­tates you must have a 10-year span main­te­nance plan for all the com­mon ar­eas in your com­plex in place by Oc­to­ber 2012?

I be­lieve its in­tro­duc­tion is partly in­spired as a pro­tec­tive mea­sure for ven­dors and buy­ers with re­gard to the leaky home syn­drome, as it must ad­dress any out­stand­ing main­te­nance is­sues re­quir­ing at­ten­tion.

This in­cludes the ex­ter­nal claddings of all build­ings.

With the re­quire­ment to have a plan in place in just more than a year, I Trade Ser­vices is re­ceiv­ing in­creased in­quiries from body cor­po­rates look­ing for guid­ance in es­tab­lish­ing a plan.

While we are happy to un­der­take quotes for the re­quired work, we re­fer peo­ple to Body Cor­po­rate Plans, a com­pany that spe­cialises in es­tab­lish­ing plans to com­ply with this leg­is­la­tion.

Since the es­tab­lish­ment of your plan may well in­volve a site visit by a build­ing in­spec­tion spe­cial­ist, I sug­gest you do not wait un­til the last minute, since James, from To­tal Home In­spec­tion Ser­vices, tells us he has ex­pe­ri­enced an in­crease in body cor­po­rate ac­tiv­ity al­ready.

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