Dealing with repairs to your home can be tough when you are working to a strict budget or you have just splashed out on decorating, a new appliance or that pair of shoes you’ve been saving for! You just never know when the next thing will break down in your home, or when you will need some sort of repair, but there are a few ways to keep on top of some common issues to avoid any big bills.
Keep The Boiler Ticking Over:
When your boiler breaks down it is a serious inconvenience and can often be really expensive. The most annoying thing is that it can really put you out without hot water and heating, especially in the winter. One of the best ways to keep on top of your boiler is to not abuse it, only use hot water when you need it and don’t whack your heating all the way up, give your boiler a chance to do it’s job.
Keep on top of your boiler services, a cheap quick fix can help avoid a burst pipe or a replacement that can cost you quite a few pennies. Make sure your boiler is getting serviced yearly and if you can get you radiators, sinks and piping checked too.
Look After Your Bathroom:
Your bathroom is an essential part of your daily routine, make sure to clean it as and when you can and keep an eye out for any breaks in the seals around sinks, baths and showers as this can cause damp in the floors and walls.
Make sure that whenever someone uses the shower or bath that either they use an extractor fan or open the window to let out the excess moisture, yes even in the middle of winter. The extra moisture can cause untold damage that can come back and bite you with a hefty bill later.
Check The Roof:
It’s always worth checking in the loft for any leaks or cracks in the roof especially around winter or rainy periods. You never know when tiles will crack or fall off, but try to keep an eye out and keep on top of this. If there are any faults or if you want a professional to check, this doesn’t cost too much, it certainly will save money if it stops damp getting in.
Managing Your Garage:
It’s easy to forget and neglect your garage if it isn’t a living space, but if not looked after there can be a number of problems from pests to damp and rust. Make sure that your garage is properly insulated and if the floor is concrete that it is sealed to stop the cold and moisture seeping in. A garage door seal is a great way to prevent the elements getting in as well but they can differ depending on the style of your sectional garage door. Look after the garage door especially if it electric and get it checked if it needs to be serviced to avoid a nasty bill when it breaks or you accidentally crash into it because it stops half way through opening. White Goods:
White goods like washing machines, tumble driers and dishwashers always like to break when you least expect it and it is always hard to know when they are reaching the end of their life span. All of these appliances can be serviced or treated. Many companies offer a variety of products that you can use normally in an empty wash to clear our limescale and build ups, a small purchase every now and then will save you from needing a replacement in future.