Tips to Keep Your Home Running Smoothly

Part of being a homeowner is keeping your home running smoothly. When things are running efficiently and to plan, your home can be a safe haven, somewhere to relax and unwind after a long day at work. However, when things are not quite working as they should, it can cause a great deal of hassle and cost you greatly in terms of time and money, and no one needs that sort of stress in their life. Fortunately, with a bit of preparation and effort, you can make sure things are in tip-top condition and sort out any problems before they turn into something more significant and expensive. Let us take a look at some of the things that you can do.

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Take care of your guttering.


Guttering and drainage systems are not glamorous, and clearing them out is not a task that anyone particularly relishes, but they do an important job, so it is essential that you take care of them and stay on top of maintenance. When they stop working, you will soon know about it! Leaves and dirt can cause blockages, which prevent them from doing their job of draining water away from your property effectively. If left unresolved, this can lead to flooding and damp issues. The additional weight of debris in the gutter, especially if there have been storms, can cause them to become brittle and break away from the wall. In turn, this can cause water to seep through walls into your home, causing damp. To prevent this, make it part of your annual (or bi-annual) home maintenance routine to get to your gutters and make sure they are clear and not damaged. If they do need some work doing to them, call a professional Drain Cleaning & Drainage Repair company. This might be an initial outlay of money, but it is much cheaper than dealing with the problems they can cause if left untouched!


Look after your home appliances.


These days we have all sorts of modern appliances in our homes – washing machines, tumble dryers, dishwashers, fridges and freezers, ovens. While they add to our lives greatly, they can also be the source of immense hassle if they suddenly stop working – and they can be expensive to replace. Avoid this by looking after them and getting any issues fixed as soon as you notice them. Keep them clean and serviced, follow the instructions in the manual, and always have the number of a good repair service to hand for when the inevitable does go wrong.


Keep it ventilated


Ventilation is one of the most important things that you can do for your home. Drying washing, showers, and people merely breathing all cause moisture in the air, and too much of it can lead to damp and mold problems. Making sure that your home is well ventilated by opening windows and letting air circulate around the room and purchasing a dehumidifier if it is a real issue can reduce the moisture in the room, reducing the risk of unsightly – not to mention dangerous, mold issues. It also helps to leave your home feel much fresher and clear rather than stuffy and stale.


Heating systems


We all rely on our heating system, and when they stop working, we soon realize how much we take them for granted. Keep on top of boiler maintenance to make sure it has adequate water pressure, and regularly ‘bleed’ out the excess air in your radiators. This will help the hot water travel freely through the system, keeping your house feeling warm and toasty.


Air conditioning system


If your home is lucky enough to have an air conditioning system fitted, make sure you maintain it! Keeping it clean and free of obstructions will make sure it works effectively, save you money and keep your house cool in the summer.

Pest control


Many of us do not realize that our home is harboring uninvited guests until we find evidence such as droppings or bites or hear and see them scurrying about, by which point, the house is usually infested and it is much harder to sort out. Keep on top of pest control by using flea medication on your cats and dogs, and checking cupboards, basements, and attics for signs of an invasion. Make sure no tree branches are touching your house and creating a ‘bridge’ for rodents and fix any holes in exterior walls and pipes. If you do think you have any, call out the pest control service for your area. They will know the best course of action to take to get rid of them.


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