Any Queenslander needs a bit of love, especially heading into the summer months.
SUMMER is officially starting, which means it’s time to spruce up your Queenslander.
Queenslander expert Ken Higgins said he had a five-point checklist that every owner or renter should run through this month.
His first step is checking the home for flaking paint and mould.
“This check is something you should schedule in for at least once a year. Flaking paint can create real issues if not fixed early, and once your home’s paint starts to crack or flake with age it will continue to degrade as the extreme Queensland temperatures affect it further,” he said.
“If you see chipping or flaking paint, the area should be sanded and painted again with an undercoat of paint, followed by your choice of top coat colour if you are repainting an entire area. But please never paint on top of flaking paint as this will just cause more issues down the track.
“Mould poses serious health risks, especially for people living with asthma, so if you notice any surface mould, try initially cleaning it off with vinegar while wearing a breathing mask and proper protection. If the mould does not easily scrub off, consider hiring professionals to treat the area.”
His next step was a big clean out of drains and gutters.
“Keeping your gutters and drains clean will keep your home from any water damage during heavy summer downpours that we love here in Far North Queensland,” he said.
He said gutters could be cleaned with a pair of gardening gloves and a ladder or by calling in the professionals.
Mr Higgins’ advice for cleaning drains was to pour a litre of boiling water down the drain before pouring in half a cup of baking soda followed by a cup of vinegar and another cup of hot water. Following that, cover the drain with a plug, wait 10 minutes, and then flush the drain with another litre or more of boiling water.
Mr Higgins said checking smoke alarms was essential at this time of year, and that having a fire action plan for the entire family was essential.
His fourth step for an October tidy up was to clean your home’s airconditioning unit.
“Airconditioner filters can be removed, vacuumed and washed, but make sure you check your user manual for when, and how you clean them,” he said.
“It is important to make sure they are fully dry before you install the filters back into your airconditioning unit, a wet airconditioner filter can be worse than a dirty filter for your family’s health.”
Finally, keeping the trees surrounding the home tidy rounds out the checklist.
“Keeping the trees around your home maintained is important, more so if they are growing close to your home or garage. It is not just falling trees and branches to be concerned about when the summer storms hit, but also growing root systems getting into your draining pipes, concrete slabs and walls,” Mr Higgins said.
With all of those points checked off your Queenslander maintenance list you’ll be ready to face summer head on.