Tuesday, August 21
DIY

Season for roof leaks

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To get them fixed, you will have to be patient or risk a DIY job

It is that time of year when everyone realises they should have listened to Handy Mac and had their roofs checked when the roofing contractors were quiet and the sun was shining. 

Yes, I know you are all saying it did not rain so you didn’t know there was a leak, but damaged areas are easy to spot with a good inspection. Now that we’ve had a few showers people expect a roofing contractor to be at their beck and call 24/7. Every year at this time I appeal to everyone with a leak to be patient as there are only so many reliable roofing contractors in Cape Town, and so many hours of daylight. People wail, “But why can’t you come now?”, and don’t seem to understand the answer: “Because it is dark and dangerous.” 

Some people still don’t see this as a problem but I think they would feel differently if someone slipped on a roof and was seriously injured. If you are going to attempt DIY roof repairs, remember that rain turns most types of roofs into skating rinks, and if it is not dry and you are unsure about what you are doing, leave it to an expert.

Also, whether you are doing it yourself or using a professional, remember there is not much that can be done while it is raining, so please be patient. Do not expect your insurance company to rush to your aid if you have not abided by the terms and conditions of your policy. 

In most instances you are held responsible for maintaining your property in a sound condition. Lack of maintenance or poor upkeep can lead to claims being rejected. Our neighbourhood is again reverberating with the noise of chainsaws as Alfred has returned to tidy the gardens at two properties.

We all stood in the street recently, commenting about how much better the neighbourhood was looking. I think once someone makes a start everyone gets stuck in. For those who enjoy my dulcet tones on the radio, I will be back on Cape Talk with Pippa Hudson on June 28 at 1.30pm.

*Handy Mac, aka Don MacAlister, is our expert on household DIY issues. If you have a question for him, please send it to don@macalister.co.za or SMS only to 082 446 3859. Find Don on FB: facebook.com/thehandymac

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