Home Maintenance Tips

Published May 15, 2020 by refinhomes

A home is one of the most valuable possessions one can have. For you to enjoy your house for the longest time in its best shape, maintenance is extremely essential.

Maintenance can come in different forms. Ranging from small tasks like sweeping and cleaning or changing a light bulb to bigger tasks like changing the floor tiles. Inspecting your house frequently helps you detect and repair or replace worn out bits in a timely manner so that things run optimally and are conducive for its occupants.

Home maintenance isn’t restricted to repairs. In fact, certain tasks-when performed regularly-may actually prevent things from breaking in the first place. But when things do go wrong (and it’s inevitable that they will), we have some backup plans that you can try before you grab the phone to call a professional. Appliances and plumbing are the most frequent offenders, but they also often can be the simplest to care for. From the drainage to the living room carpet, there is a reliable method for keeping every part of your home clean, safe, and well maintained.

Below are some tips:

Control Pests

It can end up being really expensive to rid your property of pests after a prolonged infestation. You should look out for signs caused usually by termites and ants regularly even if your property does not have a known pest or rodent problem. This helps you nip the problem in the bud should it be noticed.

Save Energy with Well Maintained Appliances

Do you know that keeping your appliances properly maintained helps them function better which in turn saves energy. Ensure to have your air conditioner, washing machine and other major appliances serviced regularly by a professional. Regular maintenance from a professional will help you catch small problems before they become major and cost more to repair.

Replace Fridge Door Seals

Here’s a trick to try: Grab a Paper currency and close your fridge door on it. With the fridge firmly closed, try to pull the Naira note out. If it stays put or is very difficult to get out, you’re good. But if it slides out easily, it means the fridge is not shutting properly any more.

The door seals — or gaskets — on fridges break down over time, usually well before the fridge reaches the end of its useful life. To replace the fridge seal, simply order the right gasket for your fridge. (You can find the fridge’s model number on the back or inside the door).

Restore Power to Any Dead Outlets

Regularly check out the outlets in your home. Verify that they are working and if not, it is always advisable to get a professional to help you fix them.

Touch up Exterior Paint

So if we want to be realistic, people tend to judge a book by its cover especially when it comes to houses. People tend to leave their exterior paint to look its worst before they repaint. You might think you are saving money but you should know that a regular touch up on the exterior of your home keeps moisture and wood rot at bay.

Maintain your Fire Extinguisher

If your fire extinguisher does not work in a time of emergency, it’s not really worth having. Make a note to service your extinguisher every 6 months. Keep it clean, check for physical damage, and check its pressure.

Unclog Toilets

Before adding harsh chemicals to your toilet to free up stubborn clogs that a plunger struggles with, dump in about half a cup of liquid dishwashing soap into the bowl. Let it mix and lubricate the walls of the toilet for around an hour. Try flushing it again and the slick soap should’ve coated everything enough to allow it to all smoothly slide through.

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