Roof top maintenance
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|