Features of Your New Flat

Congratulations on collecting the keys to your new home! As you move into your new home, you may have some questions about its features, and how to maintain them. No worries, we have the answers right here!

Flooring and Skirting

Q: How do I maintain my timber/ vinyl flooring?

To keep the timber floor/ vinyl floor in good condition, do not use too much water. A simple sweep, or cleaning with a slightly damp mop will do. Attaching felt pads to the base of your furniture legs will help to protect your floors from scratches. Take extra care especially when moving things around!

Doors

Q: How do I maintain my timber door?

Timber products can last a long time if you keep them dry. Some tips you can follow include installing a shower screen in your bathroom to prevent your timber door from getting wet, and keeping your rooms well-ventilated. To protect the timber door from damage during renovation, you can request your renovation contractor to cover your doors and handles with corrugated cardboard or bubble wrap during renovation.

Tiles

Q: Is it normal to have gaps in between the tiles in my flat?

Yes – The gaps, which are filled with tile grout, allow for slight movement of the tiles when there are changes in temperature. It also helps accommodate slight variations in tile sizes which can occur during tile production.

Drywall

Q: What is a drywall?

Drywalls are internal partition walls used at dry areas in your flat. They are filled with sound insulation material for good sound-proofing.

Q: Can I mount fixtures on the drywall in my flat?

With the use of appropriate anchors, you can mount common fixtures like televisions and cabinets on the dry wall! Check out the comprehensive drywall user guide in your flat for more information.

Clothes Drying Rack

Q: How do I use the clothes drying rack at the service yard/ kitchen

You can lower the rack in 2 steps:

  1. Unlock the rack by pulling the strap at a 45° angle, in the direction of the arrow indicated on the rack
  2. Slowly release it to lower the rack.

Still unsure? Scan the QR code in your flat to view the instructional video, or request for assistance at the Building Service Centre.

Home Fire Alarm Device (HFAD)

Q: Why does my flat have a Home Fire Alarm Device (HFAD) and what does it do?

The HFAD is an automatic smoke detector installed on the ceiling that triggers an alarm when smoke is detected. You can also read the instruction manual in your flat, or scan the QR code provided in the manual for more information.

Dual-Flush Low Capacity Water Closet (WC) Suite

Q: My WC flush is quite weak. Sometimes, I have to flush more than once to get rid of the waste in the toilet bowl.

As part of our national water conservation efforts, HDB has installed water efficient WCs in your flat which use less water during each flush and the flushing effectiveness has been tested in accordance with PUB’s stipulated standards and requirements. This will help you to conserve water and lower your water bill.

Q: How can I get rid of stubborn waste in the toilet bowl without flushing more?

Some residents install their own bidet spray next to their WC to facilitate cleaning and removal of stubborn waste.

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To help you settle into your new home, do read our other guides on Renovating Your New Flat and Creating a Friendlier and Livelier Neighbourhood.