It is tempting to go to the Internet to hire a technician (electrician, plumber, locksmith …) when we need to do some repairs or maintenance in our home instead of doing it ourselves. However, having a home maintenance plan can help you save a lot of money. And, fortunately, these are simple tasks that do not require technical knowledge or specialized training, nor a great deal of time or money.
Roof. Make sure from time to time that there is no roof damage. If you do not, you can face a project of large-scale works in the future, with the cost that this entails. Pay special attention to the tiles that are around skylights, ventilation areas and chimneys, as they are more prone to leakage. Also be sure to use the best roofing company to avoid issues in the future.
Toilet. Water leaks in a toilet not only cost money, but can also end up causing serious damage to the bathroom floor and the toilet deteriorates more quickly. To find out if the tank is leaking, add some red dye in the water and come back in an hour. If the water in the cup is pink, you have a leak. In this case, you will have to replace it. First close the water supply of the toilet, remove the lid of the tank and pull the chain so that the tank is completely emptied. Remove the chain flush with the lever and slide the trap to the cistern tube. Place the new fin in its place on the cistern tube, reconnect the chain and open the water supply again.
Taps. The main cause of the dripping faucets are old washers. To save water you may want to consider synthetic turf contractors to install artificial grass on your home. The washers are inside the faucets and, being rubber, tend to wear out quickly. To replace them, close the water supply, unscrew the leaking handle that controls the flow of water to the nozzle, change the washers and reopen the water stopcock.
Washer and dryer. It is important to ensure from time to time that the water supply hoses of the washer are not leaking. One of the main reasons for claims in home insurance is due to damage caused by leaks in the washing machine. Check them every year and change them frequently. However, if you see that the hoses are discolored or oxidized, replace them immediately.
In the case of the dryer, it is important to clean the filter periodically to prevent the accumulation of lint causing a fire. But also, in this way you will extend the life of the machine.
Water heater. There is nothing more frustrating than turning on hot water and only cold water coming out. The heaters also need maintenance to work efficiently and minimize the amount of breakdowns. At least once a year it is convenient to drain the water from the heater and clean the interior surface. To drain the heater, close the water and energy supply of the heater. For electric water heaters, it is necessary to disconnect the light and for those of gas, turn the thermostat pilot setting.
Then connect a water hose to the bottom of the tank and place the other end somewhere where the water does not cause damage. Turn on all the hot water taps in the house and then open the drain valve. Refill the tank and turn on the power supply again.
Plumbing. The accumulation of fats and oils is the main cause of blockages in the pipes, so you must avoid pouring this type of substances. If you do it by accident, it is important to turn on the hot water and pour some detergent. Placing a strainer in the bathtub drain is the best way to avoid the jams caused by the hair. This will reduce the amount of hair in the pipes.
To unclog the drain, avoid chemicals, as they can cause damage that involves costly repairs. Use a snake leak better to remove the blockage.
Air conditioning. Air conditioners are usually the most ignored at home. However, regular maintenance is necessary, since a breakdown can be much more expensive. Check the condensation tube to make sure that the water can flow without difficulty and that there is no mold that can clog it and that can endanger your family’s health. Also check that the screen of the device through which the air comes out is clean to reduce energy consumption.
The fridge. The main element of the refrigerator is the sealing of the doors. If you manage to keep them tightly closed, you will avoid unnecessary energy waste and premature wear of the internal parts. To verify that they work well, place a dollar and try to get it with the door closed. If you can’t do it easily, you’ll know that the seal is perfect. Otherwise, it is time to change the fridge.