Some of us prefer calling a handyman as soon as something bad happens to our house. It’s true that home maintenance can be overwhelming at times but that doesn’t mean that we should spend our hard-earned money on something we can do ourselves.
Truth be told, most of the maintenance work can be done quickly and easily. However, due to lack of expertize, homeowners do not dare to take this step.
In this article, Nick Stoyanov from 4 Pumps Australia will show you how to fix things around your home, without any hassle.
1. Heating System
First of all, it is necessary to check your furnace or heat pump (whatever you have). They tend to get clogged with dust and filth which will impair them from working properly. As a solution, you can clean them up allowing maximum efficiency. Pay special attention to the filter!
Gutters constantly get clogged with leaves and debris. This is especially common during autumn as wind starts blowing all this stuff. Unfortunately, your gutters have to be empty at all times. If they are clogged, they cannot transfer rain water. In other words, water will start falling on your house affecting the structure and destroying your walls.
Besides gutters, shingles are another part of your roof that requires constant fixes and maintenance. Before rain season, every home owner should check his shingles for damage and discoloration. If there is any damage to them, they will start leaking water into your home. As you can presume, this will lead to rotting of wood and cracks in concrete. Even if there is the slightest doubt your shingle is compromised, you should remove it and check if it’s leaking.
Another thing that can have a disastrous impact on your isolation are windows. As the time goes by, holes and cracks will start appearing all around them. Furthermore, if you have wooden frames, they will start rotting due to humidity. When it comes to holes and cracks, they either need to be stripped or filled with caulk. If the crack is really wide, you will have to apply caulk both on the inside and the outside.
5. Fire system
Most of us do not pay attention to smoke detectors and fire extinguishers. However, you never know when an accident may occur. This is why you always have to check whether the batteries in the smoke detector are working. Also, make sure that your fire extinguisher is working properly.
6. Garage doors
Similarly to other parts of your home, garage doors require regular maintenance. The most common issue for homeowners comes in a form of rust or broken springs. They have to be lubricated all the time in order to prolong their efficiency and life expectancy. Sometimes, your door may lose balance. Fortunately, this is another problem which you can easily handle by yourself.
Both your walls and pavement in front of your house are susceptible to damage. Over time, cracks will start appearing. During winter, water will enter these cracks, freeze inside and widen them. So, make sure to patch them up before the winter.
With these 7 simple tips, you are prepared for some epic home maintenance. Next time you repair shingles or heaters, you will be happy for not calling a handyman and fixing things yourself.