An important element to the principle of produce no waste is regular maintenance. Often maintenance is left too late and requires major work or replacement. If done on a timely basis it's not a big job at all.
The reason I went up onto the roof in the first place was to investigate a bird that was stuck in our chimney. On investigation I discovered that the the bird was stuck at the base of the chimney, not nesting at the top, which was my original thought. When I lifted the flue from the stove top two Indian Myna birds took off and flew about our living room, giving us all a bit of a fright. It had been over two years that we had moved in and this was the first time that this had occurred, I decided to leave the top of the flue uncovered figuring the chance of reoccurence slim.
When on the roof I noticed that the Solar PV Panels needed a clean, so I did so. I decided that this should be part of my 6 monthly maintenance regime, which includes termite inspections - made around the equinox each year.
|Cleaning solar PV panels, you can see one in the middle that I missed|
|Cleaning flat plate solar hot water panels, the first time in two years.|
|Lagging on our hot water system pipes was deteriorating from sun damage|
|Solar hot water system pipes left uncovered and exposed to the elements|
I'd read in ReNew magazine about the wiring box for the heating element on the hot water tank being uninsulated. We are not using our heating element so I used some left over wool to fill the void and insulate the tank further. I also fitted the end covers that came with the system, helping to further protect the exposed pipework.
|Left over underfloor insulation taped around water pipes to protect and further insulate|
|Pipes re-lagged. Small tank to the left is the expansion tank for the wetback (wood fired hot water heating).|
|The wiring box for the heating element of the hot water tank, which is unused, was filled with wool to insulate the tank.|
|End cover for water tank fitted, pipes re-lagged and painted for UV protection.|
|Wire over stove flue to prevent bird entry|