Living comfortably in your home brings several responsibilities, the major among them being carefully looking around for any defects and repairing them promptly and maintaining the safety and functionality of the home. Here are a few useful tips.
1. Get a Circuit Breaker
Your repairs and maintenance work starts with a circuit breaker that will help you identify which circuit has blown; otherwise it’s difficult to know that. In a series of fuses, it’s challenging to spot which one has blown.
2. Pay Attention to Flickering Lights and Buzzing Electrical Sockets
They are a sign of something that may not endanger your life, but cause a small fire. Get them fixed by a qualified electrician.
3. Monitor Your Boiler Pressure Gauges
If your system is sealed, don’t assume that it’s working flawlessly. At the time of installation, get full information from the boiler installer to know how to take readings. Also remember to get your boiler checked regularly by a Gas Safe listed engineer.
4. Listen to What the Cistern Tells
Check if your lavatory cistern has lost the first flush when it was new and is not quite able to perform the job of waste disposal. You can hear the first signs of aging – cistern leaking constantly and never replenishing fully. You should invite your plumber.
5. Check if Radiators are Leaking
The leakage starts with small drips on the floorboards or carpet and eventually it adds up to considerable dampness. You are not aware but the leakage continues while you are asleep, watching TV or working. Invite a heating engineer or plumber on time and get them fixed.
6. Bleed Your Radiators
Your radiators operate only at half the power when they are full of air. Keep a keen eye on them and remember to bleed them in the beginning and in the middle of every winter.
7. Rectify Damp on Time
If a damp patch is seen on a wall, you should rectify it on time, since the longer it is left, the further it will spread and the more expensive will it be to repair.
8. Keep Checking Your Roof Regularly
You can get your roof checked for watertightness from a professional roofer or if you want to save money, ask your neighbour’s help and watch from his home to check if your roof has any missing or broken tiles.
Follow these tips and make your home a truly relaxing place where you can get rid of all the stress.