To maintain windows and ease of opening you should clean aluminium and PVCu window frames with a soft cloth, using a mild soap solution, followed by a cold water rinse. Don’t paint the frames or fix anything to them with glue, screws or nails and don’t drill holes through them for cables.
Many plastic windows are fitted with friction hinges that are designed to keep the window open in the chosen position and these should be oiled with a light engineering oil (not solvent) every six months to keep them working well.
DIY and asbestos
Before you start any DIY work or begin decorating your home, please be mindful of disturbing asbestos and the affect it could have on your health. Always avoid drilling, sanding or disturbing any asbestos materials.
If you’re unsure or need advice, you should obtain a copy of the asbestos survey for your home from our Asbestos Team.
Drilling into walls
Wires and pipes in your home may be hidden in the wall. If you need to fix something to the wall, you should always use a pipe or cable detector device to scan for cables, pipes and wires.
Installations by utility companies
Before you apply for any installation by any of the utility companies, you will need to obtain permission in writing from PCH. We will advise you on any possible restrictions that the company must adhere to during installation.