Defects VS Wear & Tear

There are two main types of damages that can occur to a house. The first one is a case of Wear & Tear and the second is a Defect. It is expected that during the occupancy of a house, there will be some amount of damage done to the building’s fixtures, furniture and fittings, etc. However, the nature in which these damages occur needs to be clear to homeowners, so they are aware of which can be categorized as a Wear & tear and a defect before attempting/requesting repairs.

What is a defect?

A defect is a form of damage that can be visible to homeowners. Defects are mostly flaws in the materials of the home such as faulty electrical wiring hiding behind the walls or a well-hidden termite or mold problem due to poor roofing designs. Such damages will not be noticeable at first, but after some time they may appear.

There are two types of defects; latent and patent defects. According to Suttling (2021), latent defects are flaws that are not visible and cannot be found by reasonable inspection during or in completion of construction. Whereas, patent defects are flaws that can be easily identified during regular inspection in the course of construction.

Defects may occur due to the following factors:

  • Poor workmanship
  • Changes of use
  • Poor design
  • Environmental influences

A defect being a flaw in a building/property, can be replaced or repaired. Some defects may easily be fixed while others will take longer due to availability of manpower and materials in accordance to the nature of the defect. For example, a roof leakage will require equipment such as a hydraulic crane (cherry picker) if this is unavailable, scaffolding will need to be erected, which will cause the repairs to take much longer. This also depends on the availability of materials, for example, a flooring defect, if the materials required to fix this are not available, repairs will be delayed.

A defect is a flaw in the structure of the home either due to the production stages of the materials used or poor handling of materials during construction. However, most often, defects can be repaired once identified.

*Google Images: faulty electrical wiring

Floor boards loose

*Wall molding due to condensation

What is a Wear & Tear?

A Wear & Tear refers to the gradual damage that one would expect upon daily usage of an item over time. Wear & Tear is exactly as it sounds. These are damages that are likely to occur during the normal and intended use of a material in a home. For example, scrapes on walls or surfaces, faded materials such as floor wood, loose door handles/locks, ceiling stains, etc. All these are damages that will occur because of their intended daily usage.

Damages done through Wear & Tear can be repaired at times. Such as a loose door handle can be screwed back in place, or a cupboard door hanging from its hinges can be retightened. However, most often, a damage that is categorized as Wear & Tear cannot be repaired but will need to be replaced. For example, the silver finishing peeling off a door knob will need to be replaced with a new knob or need to be refurbished.

However, there are cases where homeowners may cause certain damages that are reasonably unacceptable. For example, broken windows, broken door handles/locks, unapproved paint jobs or unapproved infrastructure changes, etc. These, although are at times, expected to occur, they will not be categorized as a Wear & Tear.

*Google Images: Scratches on wood floor

*Google Images:  Floor wood color fading

*Google Images: Loose door handles

What is the difference between a wear & tear and a defect?

A defect can be repaired. For a Wear & Tear the damages can be repaired, however, most often these damages will require a replacement rather than a repair.

The main difference between a wear & tear and a defect can also be seen in the nature by which these damages occur. For wear & tear, it is simply the gradual or natural damage done to items due to their intended use. Whereas, for defects, these are flaws in the building/home that were done without human action but it was made possible by human error.

Reference

How to clean grout in a dirty house (2020) Retrieved from,
https://www.groutshields.com/2020/01/08/how-to-clean-grout-in-a-dirty-house/

Restoring colors, vibrancy and the former beauty of your carpet & rugs (2017) Retrieved from
http://www.carpetcolourrestorations.com.au/services/colour-restoration/

Rodriguez, J (2020) Identifying Common Roof Problems, retrieved from
https://www.thebalancesmb.com/identifying-roof-problems-844787

Suttling, D (2021) Latent vs. Patent Defects and How to manage them, Retrieved from
https://c-link.com/blog/latent-vs-patent-defects/

Top 10 Most Common Residential Building Defects (2020) retrieved from,
https://redmondassociates.co.uk/top-10-most-common-residential-defects

Why Gutter slope is essential to your home (2021) Retrieved from,
https://www.harryhelmet.com/why-gutter-slope-is-essential-to-your-home/

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Blocked Toilet

Before you pick up a plunger or resort to other methods of unclogging a toilet, you must know the reason for the blockage.

Here are four (4) common causes of a clogged toilet:

  1. Hard Water
    If the water in your home has a high mineral content this will result to hard water. The minerals in the water will form a white substance making it difficult for waste to pass through leading to a clogged toilet.
  2. Objects that cannot dissolve
    Toilet paper is developed in a way that it will dissolve faster when it comes into contact with water, this makes it easier to pass through the drain pipes. For objects such as cotton balls, feminine hygiene products, hair strands, and hand wipes, they do not dissolve easily which will lead to a blockage.
  3. Too much toilet paper
    Although mentioned in the above point that toilet paper dissolves in water, too much toilet paper used at one time can result to a clogging, as that much toilet paper, will take a longer time to dissolve resulting in a blockage.

How to use a plunger to unclog a toilet:

Step 1: Choosing the right plunger for the job

There are two main types of plungers; the standard plunger which is shaped like half a basket-ball and the other is with an extended flange for ensuring a tight seal and thus extra power for suction. Both can be used to plunge a clogged toilet depending on the severity of the blockage.

Step 2: It might be messy

Before you begin plunging the toilet, ensure that rags are placed around toilet to catch any water spilling out. If the toilet bowl is filled to the brim with water, scoop half of the water out to prevent any spillage. Remember to wear gloves

Step 3: Ensuring a tight seal

Place the plunge in a position that allows a tight seal between the tool and the toilet’s drain hole. Once there is a good seal, you can began to plunge up and down always ensuring that you do not lose the grip of the tight seal. This is so to ensure, a steady suction that will eventually unclog the substance in the drainpipe.

Step 4: Start plunging

Once you have a tight seal between the plunger and the drain hole, plunge down and hold for 3 to 5 seconds and release, repeat this motion until the substance clogging the drain is removed. The motion of the air and water in the pipe created by the plunge will push the substance that is clogging the drain out of the pipe.

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Apart from using a plunger here are two recommended remedies that you can use to unclog your toilet, if there is no plunger available.

 

Remedy 1: Hot Water

Pouring hot water down the toilet drain pipe for it to loosen the clog. Refrain from using boiling hot water. Hot water from the tap can still be used in this instance. If the toilet bowl is full of water, remove water with scoop before pouring hot water in. Once you pour the hot water in, wait for 5 minutes to test flushing, to see if it removed the clogged substance.

Remedy 2: Soap and Hot Water

Pour half a cup of detergent soap into toilet bowl. The soap detergent will act as a lubricant to help the substance clogging the pipe to go down the drain. If soap detergent does not remedy the clog, pour hot water (not boiling hot) to help the process. The mixture of detergent soap and hot water should help unclog the pipe. A substitute for this can be baking soda and vinegar, whereby, you pour a cup of baking soda into toilet bowl followed by 2 cups of vinegar. The fizziness created from this mixture should dissolve any substance that is clogging the pipes.

Reference

Clogged toilet repair, Isky plumbing & Drain Service (2021) Retrieved from
https://www.iskymechanical.com/clogged-toilet

How to unclog a toilet (2021) retrieved from
https://www.pipereliningsolutions.com.au/how-to-unclog-a-toilet

Is it bad to leave a clogged toilet overnight? (2020) Retrieved from
https://toiletreviewer.com/leave-clogged-toilet-overnight/

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Changing the batteries in a smoke alarm / detector :

CHANGING THE BATTERIES

Many a times, when homeowners hear a short and slow beeping sound from the smoke alarm, they assume it is damaged or requires an electrician to do repairs. But most often, the problem is a simple battery change.
Below are steps to follow to identify that the smoke alarm requires a battery change.

Step 1: The type of smoke alarm:

Before you go ahead and change or remove anything from your smoke alarm, you must know what type of smoke alarm it is: There are two types of smoke alarms:
  1. Battery powered smoke alarms- which solely run on battery
  2. Hard-Wired smoke alarms- which are powered by electricity (but they also have a back-up battery for when there is a power outages)

Step 2: Indication of a flat battery:

When your smoke alarm requires a change of batteries, it will give off short beeps/ a chirp-like sound in a constant interval of 30 or 60 seconds. This indicates a flat battery. This indicator applies to both a battery powered smoke alarm and Hard-wired smoke alarm.

Step 3: Remove cover of Smoke Alarm

Some smoke alarm covers are twistable and easy to take off, while others require a screw-driver to remove.

Step 4: Replace Battery

Take out the old batteries and replace with new batteries. Once replaced, slowly twist back/screw back the cover.

Step 5: Test

Locate the test button on your smoke alarm and test to see if the new batteries work. If they do not, check to ensure that batteries are placed properly and retry.

In some cases, the above five (5) steps will not work. This means that you will need to replace the smoke alarm.

Reference

Pritchard, L (2020) How often should smoke alarm batteries be changed, Retrieved from
https://smokealarmed.com.au/how-often-should-smoke-alarm-batteries-be-changed/

Wallender, L (2021) How to Change a battery in a smoke detector, Retrieved from
https://www.thespruce.com/replacing-smoke-detector-battery-4768436

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GENERAL WAYS TO RECTIFY A CLOGGED SINK ( DIY Repairs )

Fixing a clogged sink

Before you pick up your phone to call your local plumbing professional, you can be able to repair/fix a clogged sink or pipe yourself. Most clogged sink or clogged pipes are caused by build-up of particles in the pipe. The following can help you remedy the problem.

Note: Before attempting any of these methods, ensure you are aware of the fittings and design of your home’s plumbing system to avoid any serious damage.

Use a plunger – If the water in your sink cannot drain, you can use a plunger to dislodge the clog.

Step 1:

Remove dirty water in the sink and refill it with fresh/new water to allow the plunge to work. Ensure that there is enough water in the sink to submerge the plunge.

Step 2:

Place plunge over drain opening/sink hole and plunge up and down in a rapid motion. Slightly plunge up ensuring suction is still in place.

Step 3:

Continue until you dislodge the clog.

If this does not remedy the issue, then you can see below the next option.

Hot Water – If the water in your sink cannot drain out, you can use hot water to dislodge the clog.

Step 1:

Remove the dirty water from the sink until sink is completely empty. This will allow the hot water to enter sink hole directly.

Step 2:

Boil your water.

Step 3:

Once the water boils, pour it directly into the drain opening/sink hole at a steady stream.

Step 4:

Repeat two to three times in order to properly dislodge the clog.

However, if this does not dislodge the clog, then see below for next possible remedy.

Baking Soda and Vinegar Mixture – The baking soda and vinegar mixture helps to dissolve whatever that is clogging up the pipes.

Step 1:

Remove dirty water from sink until sink is completely empty. This will allow the mixture to be poured directly down pipe.

Step 2:

Pour one cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by one cup of vinegar.

Step 3:

Wait 10 to 15 minutes for the mixture to unclog the drain or dissolve the matter.

Step 4:

Pour hot water or use hot water from tap to wash the mixture as well as the substance of the clog down the drain.

This last option is a simple method to rectify the issue.

U-Trap – The U-trap is a pipe just below your sink. This can be removed to let the substance causing the clog to be removed manually.

Step 1:

Place dish or bucket under pipe to catch a spillage when trying to remove U-trap.

Step 2:

Carefully unscrew the threaded caps of the pipe and slowly remove.

Step 3:

Clean out the U-trap/pipe.

Step 4:

Reinstall pipe properly.

Below are some preventive measures you can follow to avoid clogging your sink or pipe:

  1. Avoid washing down food particles into drain
  2. Avoid washing down hair strands into drain
  3. Do not pour oil down drain
  4. Block sink and fill up water. Once full, take out plug and let water drain out. Do this so the fast draining water will wash out any particles that are attached to the pipes. Do this often to clean out pipes so there is no build-up particles.Most often the DIY solutions for a clogged sink are able to solve the issue. However, if they don’t, then the issue is out of your control and that is when you call a plumber.Doing repairs yourself, helps you to reduce cost and also helps you to understand better ways to take care of your home.

Most often the DIY solutions for a clogged sink are able to solve the issue. However, if they don’t, then the issue is out of your control and that is when you call a plumber.
Doing repairs yourself, helps you to reduce cost and also helps you to understand better ways to take care of your home.

Reference

Stickley, A (March, 2021) How to Unclog a Kitchen Sink, New York, The Spruce, May 2021 at
https://www.google.com/search?q=dislodge+a+clog&client=ms-android-samsung

Detour (2020) 7 Ways to Fix a Clogged Kitchen Sink, California, Detour Plumbing, May 2021 at
https://www.google.com/search?q=dislodge+a+clog&client=ms-android-samsung-

Dulude, K (2021) How to Clean a Drain Pipe, California, Wikihow, May 2021 at
https://www.google.com/searchq=dislodge+a+clog+boiling+water&tbm=isch&ved=2ahUKEwiUq7O4mr7wAhUKeH0KHfXbCeUQ2-cCegQIABAB&oq=dislodge+a+clog+boiling+water&gs_

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EXISTING HOMEOWNER TESTIMONIAL

Steven Gibson – Homeowner

We love our new home and the community that it’s part of, it’s what we’ve always wanted and thanks to Glory Group we have a beautifully designed house. It’s stylish, of quality build and offers us the privacy and security we need for our family. We especially love the ensuite cabin feature that’s perfect for mama and papa. Being part of the Skyview Estate gives us a secure home surrounded by nature through the wonderful landscaping with the convenience of being located in POM. Glory Group made the entire process easy for us and we definitely recommend them to anyone looking to build a beautiful home for their family.

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Grand Eden

Grand Eden is the groundbreaking symbol of Papua New Guinea first ever successful Public Private Partnership between the Glory Group of Companies and the Department of Agriculture and Livestock (DAL).

Located at 8-mile, National Capital District and formerly known as the DAL Compound near the Kennedy Estate, Grand Eden provides a range of affordable, modern homes and models away from the noise and congestion of the city.
Type of Development
Residential
Highlights
Situated away from the CBD, Grand Eden offers high-set, low-set and link house home models. All models provide a spacious living area and rooms to match at an affordable price.
Facilities
Current facilities at the estate include: 
* Established infrastructure (concrete roads and drainage within the estate, perimeter fencing around estate and fencing around each house and unit). 
* Full connectivity to main service providers for services such as power, water, sewerage and garbage collection 
 
Future Developments within close proximity of the estate will include;
* A supermarket
* A shopping Centre

Other new developments will be announced in due course.
Package
Grand Eden offers two different packages; 
* Land & House
* Fully Furnished (Includes the land, the house and all white and brown goods). 
Features
  • Bedroom
  • Bathroom
  • Electrical Fittings
  • Plumbing
  • Others

Situated near the main entrance of Skyview Estate, Astrapia is a stylish low-set three bedroom, two bathroom duplex unit. The duplex is built around a small but beautiful garden courtyard that enables excellent ventilation into the dining & living spaces.

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WHY HOUSE INSPECTIONS ARE A MUST FOR PNG HOMEOWNERS

1. Real Life Vs. Advertisement

Information provided on an advertisement differs slightly to the real thing. The brochure may mention that the home has 90 square metres of floor space accompanied with a land area of about 40 square metres but unless there is an inspection, a realistic perspective of life with you or your family in terms of budget and lifestyle cannot be made. At Skyview Estate, there are a range of different house models suited to different budgets, family sizes and lifestyle needs. Home inspections enable current and potential homeowners to confirm if the house/unit ticks off all the boxes for them.

2. Seeing the different aspects of the neighbourhood/suburb

You get to see the neighbourhood or suburb that you will be spending the next 20 or so years living in. When our Sales & Marketing executives have inspections, they talk not only about the house/unit being inspected but about also other amenities and services within Skyview Estate. For example at Skyview Estate, there are infrastructural developments such as paved roads, drainage, perimeter fencing and fencing around each house/unit and with other services located within the estate such as an internet cafe, gym and shop; another plus is that there is a bus stop right outside the estate, providing easy access to public transportation for those without vehicles. Also Skyview Estate is connected to main service providers for utilities such as power, water and sewerage and garbage collection. This is the kind of information any good real estate person should explain to any prospective homeowner. Our Sales and Marketing executives are experts in helping Papua New Guineas choose a house that fits their individual requirements.

3. Checking out the security aspect of the neighbourhood/suburb

Another important factor to consider, especially in Port Moresby, is the security aspect as well given the crime rate in all parts of the city. At Skyview Estate, perimeter fencing around the entire estate and around the clock security guards provide an extra layer of security.

To sum up, we reiterate – inspections are critically important to avoid disappointment. After all, owning a house or property is one of the biggest investments you’ll make in life. If you would like to come for an inspection at Skyview Estate, we have open show house inspections* every Saturday and Sunday. With open show house, any members of the general public can visit Skyview, without a prior appointment, to do an inspection. The inspections are group inspections starting at the following scheduled timings –

• 1st group – 9:30 a.m.
• 2nd group – 10:10 a.m.
• 3rd group – 10:50 a.m.

Inspections during the week (Monday to Friday) are only by prior appointment with any one of our Sales & Marketing executives. Otherwise, please click here to contact us.

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