Maintenance Tips for Tenants

All CHC tenants can use the cleaning and maintenance tips below to prevent avoidable maintenance issues in your home, reduce the use of harsh chemicals and save you time and money.

Keep your drains clean and clear

To avoid blocked drains:

  • Clean your drains regularly
  • Fit your bath and showers with strainers to catch hair and soap chips
  • Store fats and oils in jars rather than pouring down the sink. These can solidify in the cold pipes and cause a blockage
  • Avoid using caustic drain cleaners (like Drano) to clear a blocked drain. These end up being trapped in the pipe and can cause some serious damage. Instead, try using a mix of bicarb soda and salt or baking soda and vinegar.

Rid your home of ants

To rid your home of ants without harsh chemicals and sprays, place small piles of polenta where you see ants and they will gobble it up, return ‘home’ and won’t be able to digest it. Your ant problem (and the ants) will soon be gone.

Reduce your drying time

Reduce your drying time and costs by adding a dry bath towel to the mix when drying towels in a dryer. The dry towel will reduce your drying time by absorbing some of the dampness from the wet towels.

Keep your toilet sisten clean

When you remove your sisten lid, you may be surprised by what lurks underneath. Sand and other debris can accumulate and prevent the flapper from working correctly. To clean, turn off water at the base. Flush the toilet, which will empty the tank, then wipe the inside with paper towels.

Clean carpet stains

Before getting started with different types of stains, there is a general rule of thumb for any spills or streaks on your carpet:

  • Scoop up as much of the spill as possible with a towel or a spoon
  • Blot the spot and never rub or scrub
  • Apply warm, not hot, water to the stained area and blot until the stain stops transferring to the cloth

Our Year in Review is out

Our Year in Review is out

What a year 2017 has been with new achievements and processes, new strategies and plans to implement and success stories to tell.

We are pleased to share our accomplishments in our Year in Review, which has recently been published.

Our Year in Review highlights key moments, projects and programs throughout 2017, as well as some great achievements from our residents and team members.

We thank everyone for a wonderful year and we are excited to play a role in delivering homes for the Canberra community

See our Year in Review here.