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Another storm coming? Know how to prevent damage to your home

We have been flat out dealing with problems caused by last month’s storm. Don’t let the next one damage your home by following a few easy steps:

Don’t let it happen to you. Stay warm and dry during the next storm with these easy tips to keep your roof and drains in great form.


When the sky is clear is THE time to check over your property for damage from the storm and weak spots that will allow water in next time.

This month: Techniques to tame that tempest…

Gutters work best EMPTY. Clear them out of any debris. Scoop out wet leaves with a trowel into a shopping bag or even better, get this Aussie made gutter cleaning kit. Use a leaf blower with extension kit to blow out dry ones. Then you can re-use the leaves as a lovely mulch.

Roofs don’t last forever. Check your roof for signs of wear and tear – get a free DIY guide here. To keep the rain out, it needs an annual check. Remove or trim any dead or low hanging branches near it.

Check your ceilings for any discolouration or damp patches. Anything that might indicate a roof leak needs to be checked out.

Have you heard of houzz.com.au? It’s an endless library of interior design and architecture inspiration, photos and advice – and it’s FREE!


Quick and Eco-Friendly Drain Cleaner

We’ve had plenty of calls over the last few weeks from people with smelly and blocked drains. Maintain White vinegar down drainyour drain health with this eco friendly recipe:

Step One: Pour half a cup of baking soda down the drain

Step Two: Slowly add half a cup of white vinegar

Step Three: Wait for 30 mins and then rinse with plenty of boiling water

Step Four: Repeat if necessary

Tip: To prevent your pipes and drains clogging up, use this and other natural methods. Click here for more details.


Done, done, done!

Did you complete all the projects from last month’s newsletter? It’s not too late! Pop back to it, tick them off and enjoy that smug feeling with me!

Cleaned the filter on the dryer

Checked over the heater to make sure the vents, filters and dusty spots are clean

Had a tempering valve installed on your hot water system to prevent burns and scalds


Views taken during cleansing Operations, Quarantine Area, Sydney 1900

Views taken during cleansing Operations, Quarantine Area, Sydney 1900

Sydney’s drainage history is murky to say the least…

From stormwater drainage to the other kind…The history of Sydney poo has all the twists and turns of a John Grisham novel. Imagine living through the recent storms in 19th Century Sydney and how different things would have been! Check out parts one and two here!

Have a look


Newsletter sign offI’m Laney. I get to talk about plumbing and home maintenance a lot and I love to share what I learn. That’s what Tips for a Happy Home is all about.

Every month I’ll be sharing clever home maintenance and plumbing tips to boost your home’s value and help you avoid nasty and expensive repairs. It’s like having a free plumbing in your inbox (translated by me).

Laney x

Have a Happy Day!