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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Simple Home Maintenance Tips and Tricks

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When it comes to home maintenance, it’s important to stay one step ahead. Have a repairs checklist handy in your home, so you can easily spot when you need to make fixes or call in the experts.


Take Out Home Insurance

If you haven’t already, taking out home insurance will save you a lot of money in the case of plumbing emergencies like flooding and leaking appliances. If your home is insured, you will automatically be protected against sudden and accidental water damage, like burst water pipes. Don’t find yourself in a difficult situation. Get insured now.

Check Your Plumbing

Your home plumbing system is a complicated infrastructure. Sometimes things can go wrong, so it’s important to know what to do, so you can act fast. In the case of plumbing disasters like a blocked toilet or leaks, it’s better to let a professional handle the situation. Contact a local plumbing service to get the job done quickly and efficiently. Never pour fats and oils down your sink. It’s the quickest way to clog up your drains. If you suspect that your toilet may be leaking, add some red food colouring to the water in the tank. Check the water in an hour, and if it’s turned pink, you probably have a leak on your hands.

De-lint Your Dryer

When it comes to maintaining your dryer, lint can build up very easily from your clothing. To prevent your dryer from becoming a fire hazard, make sure that you clear the lint from the screen after taking out your clothes. Keeping your screen clean will lengthen your dryer’s lifespan and protect the heating element. Keep the screen clean by washing it once a week with dish detergent. 

Inspect Your Air Conditioning

It’s easy to overlook your air conditioner, but if it breaks down, it can prove a very costly job to fix. Make sure that the panel around your air conditioner is free from debris. By keeping up this simple procedure air will be able to flow more freely. You will be increasing the overall longevity of your air conditioner too, by putting less strain on it.

Change Your Air Filters Regularly

Make sure that the air filters in your central heating is changed regularly, to ensure that you’re getting the most out of your heater. Never leave it longer than 30 days to change your filter. Fiberglass filters are ideal as they allow more air to flow freely and reduce the amount of energy required to heat up your home.

Drafty Windows

Prevent heat escaping and increase the effectiveness of your heating by applying an insulated window film over the glass. Draft snakes are another great idea, and can be used as a form of decor for the home. There are many styles to choose from online, but if you want to budget, simply fill a tube of fabric with dry rice. Plastic film can also be used, which is applied with double sided tape and sealed with a hairdryer.