For many people, DIY home maintenance projects are usually those huge pieces of work that need an entire day or more to finish. With that, you may think that maintaining your home is always daunting.

But this is only true when you let small problems slip by and become bigger ones later on. Huge cracks always start out as small ones, and so do home repair issues. If you catch issues at the source early on, you can deal with them right away. That way, you can save on costly home repair contracts.

Here are three such issues around your home to spot and DIY early.

Wet and Dry Rot

These often affect timber decking, but you can also find them in any part of your home that has wooden structures. Rot is mainly caused by three kinds of mould – black mould leads to wet rot, while orange or white mould leads to dry rot. As a result, the timber would be soft (when wet) and crumbly (when dry).

Wet and dry rot are usually signs of moisture coming into the wood. This could mean that the timber was not treated properly, or the paint layer was too thin. 

Here’s how to deal with these buggers:

  1. Seal the source of moisture.
  2. Increase ventilation under the floor with vents and fans.
  3. Scrape away the moulds.
  4. Spray fungicide on the timber two to three times over several days.
  5. Treat the timber with wood hardener once dry.
  6. Replace any affected joists, if needed.

DIY Home Maintenance Issues

Clogged gutters

If water leaks into the inside of your home during heavy rains, you most likely have an overflowing gutter. Check it immediately and see if there’s anything blocking the way. If you find dried leaves, twigs, and other debris, clear them out right away. Afterwards, water will be able to flow freely to the downpipe.

To prevent future leaks, inspect your gutter regularly – every three months is a good time frame. Remove any debris that you find.

Vines on exterior walls

While ivy and other vines may look good on walls, they may cause damage if left unchecked. Over time, the vines will grow roots into the masonry, making it weaker. 

If there’s a thick layer of vines on the wall, carefully remove a small section of it, then inspect the wall for damage. If it isn’t too bad, cut the leaves out, but leave the roots to wither away.

If you check these parts of your home regularly, you can keep them in good shape yourself. In case you need some parts for your DIY repair project, Westall Timber has you covered. Visit our warehouse to find what you need or CALL US NOW