Five easy home maintenance tips from the professionals

21 May 2018

Keeping on top of your home maintenance is vital if you want to keep your home healthy and free from major issues. 

Whenever an unexpected problem occurs, the likelihood is that it’ll cause you unwanted stress, as well as a hole in your bank account.  Whether it’s a case of preventing a major issue further on down the road or fixing minor items in the home that can help you to live a bit better; here’s a list of easy home maintenance tips that can create a better environment for your home.

Fixing a leaking tap

A leaking tap can present you with one of the most frustrating noises in history, especially after a long day at work.  Thankfully, it’s actually relatively simple to fix.

After making sure you have a screwdriver, spanner and a washer replacement, you’re ready to eliminate that noise.

Start by turning the water off from your stopcock, minimising the chance of getting you and your home soaked. 

Remove the decorative top of the tap and unscrew the hidden screw before removing the head of the tap to reveal the spindle or valve which should give you access to both the top and bottom washers.  Replace them, fit everything back together and you should be able to enjoy a quieter, drip-free home.

How to keep cabinet doors closed

Is there a cabinet or wardrobe door in your home that never shuts correctly, no matter how many ways you try to shut it?  Frustratingly, every home has one.

A great way of ensuring that it shuts securely and neatly is by adding a magnetic catch to the offending door.  A magnetic door catch is relatively cheap and by attaching one to the inside of the door and cabinet or wardrobe, you’ll fix a simple annoyance relatively simply.

Clear out your gutters

Gutters are one of the most overlooked parts of any home, often left to fill with years’ worth of leaves, twigs and other foreign objects. 

Simple maintenance can prevent you from costly issues down the road, so as long as you can gain safe access to them, you can help keep your home in tip-top shape by scooping out debris and flushing it with water to ensure a proper flow.

Check for leaks

As we mentioned earlier, leaks can cause you a headache if you let it drip, drip, drip in the background. 

If left unattended, no matter how little it might seem, you increase the risk of your home having a bigger leak and possibly even water damage further on down the line.

Water damage can cause problems with the floor and walls of your house, costing you in the long-run, so a quick check of all the sinks, boilers and other water-holding equipment in your home once a week should allow you to stay on top, preventing further issues down the line.

Replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

Definitely the most important duty in your household but one that is so easy to do.  Having smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home should be a necessity as they can make you aware of dangerous situations and save lives.

Checking and replacing the batteries in either detector will take mere moments, so keep you and your family safe by checking them annually.

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