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Don't let DIY disasters spring a leak in your Bank Holiday weekend!

With promises of a scorching summer ahead, the forthcoming May Bank Holiday weekend should be a time for rest and relaxation over a BBQ and a beer. For some however, the Bank Holiday weekend spells the time for those all-important DIY chores to be tackled…but beware of DIY disasters!

A weekend of DIY spanning from Saturday through to Monday may fill husbands and boyfriends alike with dread, but help is at hand with Adrem, whose 24/7 services will curb any unexpected DIY catastrophes in any part of London. They have the following tips to offer:

10 DIY Do's and Dont’s This May Bank Holiday

1) When DIY'ing indoors always use dustsheets - even if you are doing a 'dry job' eg hanging a picture. You don't know what’s going to happen...if you have a wooden floor for example and you drop the picture the dustsheet can prevent any expensive repair to the floor.

2) If you are going to spend more than £5-£10 on plastic dust sheets buy a 110m2 Homebase Mega dust sheet roll instead of individual sheets. This will save you a fortune and at a cost of 8p per m2, it knocks spots off other smaller dust sheets - which can cost 25p per m2 or more.

3) Tools! The best tradesmen have all the tools necessary. This makes work look easy. Hire tools you don’t have, local tool hire companies will often be much cheaper than the nationals. Shop around for the best prices and take advantages of great credit crunch offers. They want your business.

4) Clean your gutters and check they are ‘falling’ correctly. Blocked or sludged or out of level gutters can cause big damp problems – when water runs off the gutter onto masonry – this can damage your paintwork on the outside and can even saturate walls internally.

5) Buy online. Not just for price but delivery too! Even the biggest building contractors buy regularly from the likes of screwfix.com. They save fortunes – not having to collect form builders merchants by having stuff delivered to them next day.

6) Don’t mess with gas. Only Gas Safe approved tradesmen are licensed to touch gas water heaters boilers, hobs or gas fires. Boilers are basically controlled bombs. Don't touch!

7) Don’t choose colours from a colour chart – get some samples and test them on a small section of the wall to see how they’ll look under natural light.

8) Stay safe – A&Es are full of cut and severed appendages, head injuries and broken limbs all arising from DIY accidents on Bank Holiday weekends.

9) Overestimate the amount of work. I’ve never heard of someone complain they had too much time to do a job.

10) Don’t bite off more than you can chew – call in the professionals when necessary!

Adrem’s Managing Director Tom Galvin comments,
“At Adrem, we pride ourselves in offering simple solutions for all maintenance requirements. We have spent the last 27 years honing our skills - working mainly for knowlegeable and demanding property professionals. We have skilled tradesmen available throughout the weekend. Just google 'Adrem.co.uk' and call or email us. Let our experienced tradesmen take the heat off your Bank Holiday weekend”.

DIY disasters can be easily avoided to ensure a stress-free and relaxed Bank Holiday weekend. For more information on Adrem please visit www.adrem.co.uk

For all media enquiries regarding Adrem Home Maintenance Services, please contact Natalie Whitlock on 0845 225 1500 or email natalie@fullportion.com.

EDITORS’ NOTES

• Adrem is the one-stop shop for your home maintenance problems.
• We provide a 24/7 property maintenance service across London since 1983.
• Our team of qualified experts have over 250 years collective experience across the trades (– plumbers, gas engineers, electricians, painters, roofers, locksmiths, decorators and handymen).
• We offer a reliable, thorough and transparent service finding you a solution quickly.
• For more information please visit our website, www.adrem.co.uk