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Private Sector Housing Team

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Plymouth PL1 2AA
Phone :
01752 307303
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decenthomes@plymouth.gov.uk
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01752 307091
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Home maintenance

For most people their home is the most important investment they will ever make.

Maintaining your home will -

  • Maintain or increase the value of your home
  • Prevent damage and expensive repair bills
  • Save energy and reduce running costs
  • Increase your security, safety and comfort

These are our top ten maintenance tips:

  1. Make sure your gutters and down pipes are free from leaves and debris
  2. Replace loose or missing roof slates and tiles and make sure all of your roof flashings are in good condition
  3. Make sure air bricks and sub floor ventilation is clear, it is important to ventilate your home
  4. Have your gas appliances serviced regularly and make sure there are no leaks
  5. Top up your loft insulation if necessary ensuring adequate ventilation of your roof space
  6. Check your doors and windows for adequate security
  7. Make sure the outside ground level is not higher than your damp proof course
  8. Never pour fat or oil down drains, throw used nappies away, don't flush them down the toilet
  9. Have your electrical wiring checked by a qualified electrician every five years
  10. When carrying out home maintenance or DIY make sure you wear appropriate clothing and use suitable protective equipment, if in any doubt seek advice

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