A home needs to be maintained to keep it looking beautiful. Without proper upkeep and care, common maintenance issues such as wall cracks, dislodged tiles and growth of mould may occur. Here are some tips to help you keep your abode in top form.
CRACKS IN WALLS
HOW THEY FORM
The natural heating up (during the day) and cooling down (at night) of elements can cause thermal expansion and contraction in materials. This process also happens to buildings and walls. Hence, wall cracks could naturally form over time as they both heat up and cool down repeatedly.
For minor hairline cracks, repainting the wall with a flexible sealant or elastomeric paint will do the job. Such paints are widely available in the market. For wider cracks, consider hiring a contractor to carry out repair. Or why not consider wallpaper? It’s an easy and stylish way to spruce up your walls and hide those cracks.
Re-painting your walls regularly (every four to five years) with good quality paint will help seal and prevent hairline cracks from enlarging. You could also take the chance to refresh the look and feel of your home!
HOW THEY FORM
Accidents happen and sometimes tiles could become chipped or dislodged if knocked by heavy items or tools. Therefore, it is important to lay a protective sheet over your tiles when moving heavy furniture around or shifting heavy items around your home. Another probable cause is natural deterioration due to thermal expansion and contraction of the tiles and screed surfaces. When this happens, the loss of adhesion between the tiles and screed surfaces could cause the tiles to pop or dislodge.
HELP IS AT HAND
If your tiles were laid by HDB, they will help repair or replace them for up to 15 years. Alternatively, you could engage a contractor to remove and re-tile the affected areas.
GROWTH OF MOULD
HOW IT FORMS
Living in Singapore means having to deal with the high humidity of our tropical climate. For homeowners, this also means having to put in a bit of effort to prevent the possible growth of mould in damp or shady areas like the bathrooms.
You can create a DIY cleaning solution to get rid of mould. Mix two tablespoons of baking soda and one cup of water in a spray bottle. In another spray bottle, prepare a solution of diluted white vinegar. Spray the baking soda solution liberally on the affected area, followed by the vinegar solution. Leave for a few minutes, then wipe and leave to dry.
Install a shower curtain or screen around your shower tray to shield the other areas of your bathroom from getting drenched. This also helps to protect the shelves and cabinets in your bathroom from getting wet. When not in use, leave the bathroom windows and doors open to allow natural ventilation and prevent moisture building up.
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