Simple Home Maintenance Tips By Guest Writer Emily Bennett

Although you may be tempted to avoid the prices of professional contractors, you will often need their help in dealing with maintenance and home improvement. Home repairs and maintenance can turn out to be trick and complex for those with no experience of their own, so it is likely you may do more harm than good. If you don’t have the experience you can do some simple maintenance done by following these tips:

 

  • The Toilet

Simple Home Maintenance TipsAny water leaking from the tank in your toilet and going down the drain results in money literally going down the drain as well. This can have variations, such as dealing different levels of water damage to your bathroom as well. If you want to find whether your toilet is leaking, then you should add a bit of food coloring to the tank itself. Come back after an hour or so and check the color of the water in the bowl. If you find out the toilet is leaking, then you will need to replace the flapper or seals. Remember to shut off the water so you’ll be able to work in peace. Flush the toilet so the tank will be empty and dismantle the mechanism so you’ll be able to change the flapper. Place the new one on and replace everything the way it was before turning the water back on.

 

If the faucets around your home are leaking, this means you have washers that have been worn out with use. These types of seals are used inside the handles of your faucets, but in most cases they are made of rubber which wears out quickly. You should replace them by once again closing the main water supply, then unscrewing the handle and replacing the old washer with a new one so it will seal properly.

 

  • The Washing Machine and Dryer

You should check your washing machine on a regular basis for any possible leaks or other mechanical issues. You should keep in mind that the most commonly used reason for insurance claims is the possible leaks in the machine’s water supply. Check the water lines at least once a year and replace them if you see evidence of any corrosion or leaks. You should check for possible discoloration of metal pipes as this may indicate issues that need to be addressed. The drain hoses of your washing machine are very important as they are pretty much one of the few things that stops the water flow from invading your floors. Simple Home Maintenance Tips2

You should also see how well the drain lines are fitted by using pliers to check the tension. You should make sure they are tightened up until you can’t tighten any more. Any plastic lines should be replaced every three years or so.

 

The dryer on the other hand will need to be cleaned from lint as often as possible, otherwise you risk letting it collect and heat up until the point of ignition. Regular cleaning will also prolong the life of the heating elements inside.

 

This article has been created by Emily Bennett on behalf of: Movers London

Home Repairs and Renovations By Guest Writer Cindy Davis

You may think your new home is perfect, but no matter how many times you’ve viewed the property, there are going to be a myriad of things that you didn’t notice were wrong when you first saw it.  It could be that your new house has minor issues, like a broken burglar alarm or locks that need replacing. These are fairly simple issues to solve, but what happens if your house needs major work to the electrics or plumbing? It’s important to be prepared for the worst when moving to a new property, and so here is a list of hints and tips to keep your head above water should your pipes burst.

Home Repairs and Renovations21)      Insurance.

You should always make sure you prioritize getting your home well-insured. You’ll probably (or at least hopefully) already have your contents and home insurance all in place, but make sure you’re going to be covered for those little emergencies – like having your boiler break down! Make a list of all the things in your home you want to insure. The extra time and cost to do this is worth saving the hassle, stress and money of later losing your gas or hot water!

2)      Check with the landlord.

If you’re renting your property and you notice things going wrong, whether it be dodgy electrics or drainage issues, make sure you run any problems you notice by your landlord. Renting the property means it’s not your responsibility to fix these issues, especially since you’ve just moved in! You’ll want to make a list of any damages and show this to your landlord – this will also prove useful when claiming your deposit back!

3)      Repairing yourself.

Some minor issues with your home might be solvable with just a bit of your time and your toolkit. If you decide you want to make some home repairs and renovations yourself, then make sure you know what you’re doing! Remember that odd jobs around the house can appear to be simple, but you could end up making the problem worse for yourself, as well as more expensive! If you aren’t sure then you’re best off hiring a professional, especially when it comes to sizable or potentially dangerous repairs.

4)      Hiring help.Home Repairs and Renovations

If you do decide that you’re going to need to hire repairmen to fix your problems, then it’s important to do your research. Hiring a plumber or electrician isn’t just about getting the best price – try to get some information about their previous work, the approximate time the job will take and how invasive the repairs are going to be. If you’re wary of finding your repairman online then try your local newspaper or phone book so as to avoid scams and potential hassle. The best and safest way to hire someone to come into your home to make renovations or repairs is to choose a person based on the recommendation of friends or family. Ask around to find someone who you know has previously done reliable work to give yourself peace of mind if you’re hesitant to allow strangers into your home. Friendly estate agents and even neighbors might be able to help you find a repairman you can trust, so don’t be hesitant to ask for some advice!

Bio: This article has been created by Cindy Davis on behalf of: http://www.0800housecleaning.co.uk/house-cleaning-services/SE16_bermondsey.html

Home Repairs and Renovations By Guest Writer Cindy Davis

You may think your new home is perfect, but no matter how many times you’ve viewed the property, there are going to be a myriad of things that you didn’t notice were wrong when you first saw it.  It could be that your new house has minor issues, like a broken burglar alarm or locks that need replacing. These are fairly simple issues to solve, but what happens if your house needs major work to the electrics or plumbing? It’s important to be prepared for the worst when moving to a new property, and so here is a list of hints and tips to keep your head above water should your pipes burst.

Home Repairs and Renovations21)      Insurance

You should always make sure you prioritise getting your home well-insured. You’ll probably (or at least hopefully) already have your contents and home insurance all in place, but make sure you’re going to be covered for those little emergencies – like having your boiler break down! Make a list of all the things in your home you want to insure. The extra time and cost to do this is worth saving the hassle, stress and money of later losing your gas or hot water!

 

2)      Check with the landlord.

If you’re renting your property and you notice things going wrong, whether it be dodgy electrics or drainage issues, make sure you run any problems you notice by your landlord. Renting the property means it’s not your responsibility to fix these issues, especially since you’ve just moved in! You’ll want to make a list of any damages and show this to your landlord – this will also prove useful when claiming your deposit back!Home Repairs and Renovations

 

3)      Repairing yourself.

Some minor issues with your home might be solvable with just a bit of your time and your toolkit. If you decide you want to make some home repairs and renovations yourself, then make sure you know what you’re doing! Remember that odd jobs around the house can appear to be simple, but you could end up making the problem worse for yourself, as well as more expensive! If you aren’t sure then you’re best off hiring a professional, especially when it comes to sizeable or potentially dangerous repairs.

 

4)      Hiring help.

If you do decide that you’re going to need to hire repairmen to fix your problems, then it’s important to do your research. Hiring a plumber or electrician isn’t just about getting the best price – try to get some information about their previous work, the approximate time the job will take and how invasive the repairs are going to be. If you’re wary of finding your repairman online then try your local newspaper or phonebook so as to avoid scams and potential hassle. The best and safest way to hire someone to come into your home to make renovations or repairs is to choose a person based on the recommendation of friends or family. Ask around to find someone who you know has previously done reliable work to give yourself peace of mind if you’re hesitant to allow strangers into your home. Friendly estate agents and even neighbours might be able to help you find a repairman you can trust, so don’t be hesitant to ask for some advice!

 

Bio: This article has been created by Cindy Davis on behalf of: http://www.0800housecleaning.co.uk/house-cleaning-services/SE16_bermondsey.html