Homeownership can often leave you feeling like there is always something to do. Decorating a room or some DIY may be high on your list, but home maintenance is as important as decor.
Here are five home maintenance checks that every homeowner should do. Staying on top of these will save time and money.
Check Your Gutters
Water can cause a lot of damage to property. Flooding can destroy a home and make it unliveable. It does not take a biblical deluge to wreak havoc on your home’s structure though.
When gutters get blocked by leaves and debris they can overflow. The water will pool in places instead of draining away causing damage to exterior walls and foundations.
Check your gutters at least once a year and clear out any debris. This can be an awkward and time-consuming job but can save you a lot of money and protects your home.
Check Your Central Heating System
Your hot water boiler is one of the most vital components in your home. Most people do not give it any attention until it is too late.
Checking your home boiler and central heating system should be a regular task. You should do it before winter, so it does not let you down when you need it most.
If your boiler is not performing or sounds as if it is in distress, contact a professional. Duffy Heating has a team of qualified engineers that can regularly service your central heating. They can also repair or replace your boiler to make sure your home is warm all year around.
Check Your Attic Space
Most homes will have a small space or attic above the bedrooms. This is where you will find the insulation that keeps your home warm.
Before the summer changes to autumn, inspect your roof space. Insulation helps to reduce energy consumption. If some of your insulation has become displaced or covered by dust and debris, it will be less effective.
Loose roofing tiles can allow water to enter the space. This causes damage to important parts of the structure. Check for any damp patches on the interior roof lining or along beams.
Check Your Property’s Perimeter
Fences and walls can become damaged over time by excessive wind, rain, and frost. This weather makes small cracks grow through the year.
When water freezes to become frost, it expands. This widens cracks in wood and brickwork. You can repair brickwork using a small amount of cement to seal cracks and pockmarks.
Make sure fence panels are well anchored and secured in place to prevent them from coming loose in a strong gale.
Check Your Driveway and Paths
Paths and drives get damaged by the weather too. This can present a hazard to you and your family in the winter.
Check for cracks or loose paving and have it addressed by a professional. Some work you can do yourself, but for a high-quality finish, you should leave it to the experts.
Perform these simple checks and make any repairs or replacements. This will save you spending a lot of money fixing bigger problems later.