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Parts of the House That May Need Maintenance
by Jess Tyler on Mar 3, 2020
The maintenance of a house can be quite tedious. The bigger your house is, the harder it is to maintain as there is more square footage to consider. It becomes more challenging when you’re a new homeowner who just bought your first house. It can get a little overwhelming and that is why we created this list.
When you go through this list, it can take up from a few hours to the entire weekend. Take some time off of your busy schedule to check which parts of your house can help you fend off any major damages.
Should you find any section of your house that need repairs, it is best to determine first the severity. Identify whether you can DIY the repair job or not. For big damages, it is best to call for a professional service as there is a high chance that you do more damage by attempting to do a task that is way above your skills and expertise.
The adage “Prevention is better than cure” is also applicable to your house. It is much more preferable to 1) take time off to check for any small damages or 2) pay for maintenance service than drop hundreds or even thousands of pounds on replacements and major renovations.
Parts of your house that may need repairs:
Often, homeowners tend to forget cleaning their gutters. Leaves, rubble, and other foreign material can get stuck in your gutter leaving no space for rainwater to clear out. Your gutter needs constant love and care, especially if you have overhanging trees that shed its leaves straight on your roof.
As you will be climbing up on a ladder, make sure that you exercise precaution to ensure an injury-free task. Don’t wait for your gutters to just collapse. Water damage is one thing that you can easily prevent, so it is essential that you clean your gutters regularly.
Schedule an appointment with a professional to determine the health conditions of your house’s walls. Your walls are important to the overall structural integrity of your home. That is why it needs regular maintenance to properly do its job.
Termites and mould can grow on your walls which could lead to major problems. Take the time to ensure that no moisture seems into your walls by sealing any holes and cracks. At the same time, your walls can house pests like ants, roaches and mice, which would require an exterminator.
Unsolicited cold showers are the worst. Your day can easily get ruined by an unpleasant bathroom experience. It can be quite a bit of a hassle to manually boil water every time you want to have a hot bath. If your boiler is not working as well as it should, then it may be high time to call for a boiler repair service. Boilers are quite expensive to replace so experts recommend that you properly maintain it.
Leaking and burst pipes can create so many problems in the long run. For example, moisture encourages mould growth that could create huge damages on your walls and wood furniture. It can also bring in health complications such as asthma and allergic rhinitis.
When left unchecked, clogged pipes can also burst which could lead to flooding. And trust me when I say that an in-house flood is one major event that you do not want to happen. One flood can lower the market value of your house, ruin your things, promote mould growth, and even weaken the floors of your house. Give your house a bi-annual check-up of your pipes, under the sink, behind the counter, even the faucet outside of your house.
Smoke Alarms & Carbon Monoxide Detectors
According to the National Fire Protection Association, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths happened in homes that don’t have any working smoke alarms or Carbon Monoxide detectors. Experts recommend that you run an annual test on your smoke alarms and change your batteries.
Regardless of whether you have a small lawn or a full-blown garden, it is important that you make sure that the water from your sprinklers flows outwards instead of inwards. When it comes to your house, you want to keep it away from water as much as possible to prevent any damage on your wooden structures.
You would be surprised at just how much dirt and grime is in your kitchen. Oil residue and food scraps can accumulate in the tiniest of crevices and cracks. Schedule a regular cleaning session where you clean everything and not just your counter. Whenever you feel lazy about doing this, know that your oven, rangehood and a stovetop can be quite expensive to replace but very easy to clean. This thought will give you the motivation to go through the grunt work of kitchen maintenance.
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