we love our homes. They’re cozy, homely, and we have bags full of memories of the good times we’ve had in them...but they can also be annoying from time to time. And by annoying, we mean “a complete disaster”. Unfortunately, many of the problems that can cause serious problems, either to our homes or to our wallets, don’t present themselves until it’s too late. By that time, all we can do is suck it up and try to do the best we can to move forward. But it doesn’t have to be this way. By tackling future problems today, we can save ourselves much misery further on down the line. Check out some of the common house problems and what you can do to fix before they’re even broken.
Water, Water, Water
Nothing is as frustrating as walking down the stairs on a cold morning and finding a pool of water waiting for you. There are many ways that a house can get a leak, but the most common is the obvious way: through the roof. If it a tile up there is damaged, it doesn’t take much for a crack to develop and water to seep through, though you might only first notice it when there’s a particularly heavy rain shower. You can combat this issue by doing regular checks on the state of your roof. If you’re secure with a ladder and have experience being on roofs then you can do it yourself, otherwise you’ll want to get a professional in. They’ll mend any troublesome looking tiles and prevent future problems.
In The Gutter
It’s easy to overlook the gutters that run around the edge of our property. They’re there, water is probably smoothly, everything is fine...probably. The only way to really know for sure is to get up there from time to time and check that the pipes are clear from debris and running smoothly. Checking twice a year will be just fine, so long as you clear whatever is in there. If you have a of of trees around your property then maybe make it more regular, as it is trees that are responsible for most debris found in gutters.
Like most other things in life, you don’t really know what you’ve got until it’s gone. And unfortunately, you’ll notice when your heat has vanished quicker than most other things - because you’ll be cold! Also unfortunately, you won’t notice that your heating has stopped working until when it’s needed most, in the winter, because you’re unlikely to notice that your boiler isn’t working in the middle of summer. To combat this, check all your heating sources before the cold weather comes. This means possible buying a furnace gas valve replacement, draining your water heater, and making sure all radiators are in good working condition.
The best way to make sure your home is the best it can be is to stay on top of any minor problems, even before they show themselves. It’s the only surefire way to have a home that won’t let you down when you need it the most!
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