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When you become a homeowner, you take on a whole set of responsibilities that previously fell on someone else’s shoulders. When you live at home with parents, they tend to take care of any hiccups that might occur within their property. If you rent, you simply have to call the landlord to report any problems and then it’s up to them to rectify the situation. But when you own your own property, everything falls into your own hands. Now, you’re going to have to take maintaining your own property seriously. After all, not only do you have to live in the space (and thus want it to be as functional and comfortable as possible), but you need to bear in mind that problems tend to escalate when ignored rather than resolving themselves, so it’s better to tackle issues by yourself sooner rather than waiting until later when you’re likely to have to call in more professional (and costly) help. If this isn’t enough reason to fix up, you should bear in mind that ongoing maintenance problems can negatively affect the value of your property down the line too! Now, you may think that this is common sense. But you’d be surprised by the sheer number of people out their who allow their houses to become rundown and damaged. So, let’s take a look at a few different areas of home maintenance that you really should be concentrating on.
Maintaining the Waterworks
So much of our home life revolves around access to clean water. Seeing as this is something that the majority of us take for granted, you might not realise this until your water supply is cut off or dirtied. Should you experience a blockage of sorts, you’ll know about it. They can wreak all sorts of havoc – overflowing toilets, shower basins overspilling and sinks filling up while you are attempting to clean your teeth. Needless to say, this is inconvenient and will pose problems in your daily routines. The first step around this issue: prevention. Remember that prevention is better than cure and it is often much easier to prevent blockages rather than attempting to clear them once they’ve established themselves. Generally speaking, you can avoid these kinds of problems with water in your home by investing in high quality submersible pumps in the first place. But you will need to carry out other precautionary acts too. You should always avoid flushing cotton buds and wet wipes down the toilet and only use the necessary amount of toilet tissue in the bathroom. Try not to let hair escape down the shower drain and remove any hair that does get caught in the drain’s guard, placing it in the bin.
Repair Holes in Walls
Many properties nowadays have plasterboard walls. This is a little different to days gone by when walls would have been solid brick. While they are cheaper to build, they are, unsurprisingly, a lot weaker than more traditional means of building. Consequently, you may find that you have a hole in your wall thanks to a trip or slip. Now, depending on the size and depth of the hole, you may be able to rectify the situation yourself. For now, let’s focus on repairing a hole in a drywall. Take a piece of self-adhesive mesh and place it over the area. Then use a drywall knife to cover the mesh with a lightweight joint compound. Keep the layer thin and feather out the edges to keep things smooth. Sand the area smooth once it has dried. You can then paint the area to match in with the rest of your wall. It really is as simple as that!
Cleaning Carpets Thoroughly
We’re all used to running the vacuum cleaner around our property regularly. Sure, this does an effective job of picking up pieces of dirt, lint, and any embedded pet hair. But it’s important to remember that a standard hoover doesn’t actively clean the carpet. This is why you need to conduct a thorough cleaning of your carpets as well as the standard practice of hoovering. Now, you have two popular options on your hands. First, you can hire out a professional carpet cleaning machine yourself. You will usually hire the machine and some cleaning liquid, then carry out the work by your own hand. Alternatively, you can bring in a professional to do the entire job for you. Whichever best suits your needs and budget will depend on you as an individual and your personal preferences.
No matter how careful and vigilant you may be when you’re inside your property, accidents happen, and you never know when something might get stuck in a plug, when a permanent electrical fixture may get knocked out of place, or you might find exposed wiring. However, there are certain problems in the home that you should never attempt to rectify yourself. Anything to do with electrics falls into this category. Sure, you may think that you can tackle minor electrical problems yourself. But you should bear in mind that individuals who work with electrics have undergone years of specialist education and training in order to deal with these. You’re unlikely to get by safely on the sole advice of a Youtube tutorial. The problem with tackling electrical problems without the right qualifications to do so? You’re placing yourself in extreme danger. Electrocution can be fatal. So, leave this kind of work to the pros and get it sorted out immediately!
Now, every property is going to require a whole lot more upkeep than these simple tasks in order to keep on top of things. But these are some great starting blocks to get you set off in the right direction. Just remember, whenever a problem arises, deal with it as quickly and effectively as possible. If you’re ever in doubt, call in a professional who will be more than happy to lend you a helping hand.
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