One of the things I like about being a renter and not a homeowner is having that piece of mind that if anything goes wrong or any repairs need undertaking, my landlord will take care of any issues and home maintenance. Having to replace things like a boiler isn’t a cheap endeavour so it makes sense that we would want to keep our homes and everything in it that makes it habitable and functional in the best condition.
Keeping on top of any issues before they become big jobs, or even keeping things in their best condition is really important to keep repairs to a minimum. Taking it for granted that things will continue to work means small jobs become overlooked and before you know it, you have a home that needs major repairs.
One thing in all our homes this is constantly in use is the water system. We use water all the time, mostly without giving thought to the pipes carrying that water to and from the house. But we need to make sure that we are taking care of our pipes inside and outside our home. No one wants a flood from frozen or blocked pipes so keeping on top of this is something we should be doing.
By keeping pipes warmer in colder weather so they don’t freeze up is pretty easy to do. Keeping the home as warm as possible or allowing warm air to surround the pipes will help reduce the risk of freezing. So will allowing the tap to keep a small steady drip going to release the pressure in the pipes should they start to freeze.
If they have already frozen, try warming the pipes by heating the air around them to slowly melt the blockage before using the water so the built-up pressure doesn’t burst the pipes and cause a flood. If you are unsure of the cause of any blockages, it is best to contact a plumber in your area to fix this quickly and professionally for you so as not to make it worse.
Problems with your roof and/or gutters can be a big source of any potential major problems in your home. It is a part of your house that is constantly exposed to the elements whilst simultaneously protecting your home from those same elements. It can experience a lot of changes in weather over the years.
Gutters collect rainwater and direct it away from your walls so as not to damage your property. But should these become damaged or blocked in any way the opposite will happen. Clearing any blockages straight away and fixing any damage you come across as soon as possible will help keep your home exterior in a good condition, minimising any damage as a result of these issues.
The same can be said for the roof. Ignoring small issues such as broken tiles or damage to any part can lead to the situation becoming worse. Issues from a damaged roof can cause problems all over the home that will continue to get worse if the initial issue isn’t addressed quickly and fully.
We all know that having to repair or even replace your boiler can come as a huge expense when you really could be doing without it. Most people turn off or severely restrict their heating in warmer weather which means that come winter time, when you need your boiler to be in top condition, it may not work as you need it to.
Regular services will keep your boiler in the best condition as well as being able to help identify and future potential problems. It is also worth noting that you should never turn your boiler off, especially in colder weather as this could cause it to freeze up leading to repairs or even needing a new boiler. By turning it on regularly, even for short periods you can keep the system working and stop it from freezing altogether.
Most modern boilers run more efficiently and use less gas when kept on an auto timer setting. By turning the temperature down a few degrees you can keep your home at an even temperature throughout the day and night reducing the need to turn it up when your home gets cold.
Also, as you would in other parts of your home, keep your boiler clean. This will prevent dust build-up and eliminate anything external from causing your boiler to break down or stop working properly (please consult a professional to clean the interior of your boiler). The same can be done with your radiators. By bleeding them regularly, you can keep them in the best condition possible which in turn, helps to help your boiler working as efficiently as possible.