6 Vital Homeowner Maintenance Tips to Prevent Costly Damage and Losses

Repair Missing or Loose Slates Right Away

A loose slate might not sound like a big deal, but they’re laid out and fitted that way for two very good reasons. The first is that they all help keep one another in place. That means if one comes loose, another dozen won’t be all that far behind. The second reason is to keep out the wind, rain, and damp. Replacing a few missing slates will be nothing compared to swapping out an entire roof’s worth of timbers.

Install a Ventilation System in the Kitchen ASAP

Ventilation is vital in the home, and nowhere more so than the kitchen. Smoke from mishaps and steam from the hobs all needs to go somewhere, and without a ventilation system, you’ll soon do some unintended damage. Be proactive, play it safe, and enjoy years of cooking without the headaches and repair bills. 

Investigate Unusually High Water Bills

If your water bill is sky-high one week it doesn’t necessarily mean there’s been a mixup at the billing office. There could easily be a subterranean leak you’re not aware of, and one that could be causing substantial damage over a prolonged period of time. Call the water company and have them come out to investigate it. You might think it’s a hassle or an overreaction, but it could save you thousands in a few months.

Avoid Weeping Willows in the Garden

We all love the iconic look of a weeping willow in the garden, but can you say you’re fully aware of the risks involved? Their roots are notoriously shallow and wide, and they actively seek out water sources. In fact, they’re so strong and tenacious that they’ve been known to split open water pipes and crumble foundations. As nice as they might look in that bed outside the French doors, you have to consider if they’re really worth the risk.

Test Your Smoke Alarms Once a Month

This is something that every firefighter will tell you, and for good reason. It’s so easy to miss a faulty smoke detector, and it’s incredible how fast a fire can take hold of the average family home. To make sure you minimize the danger and give yourself enough time to take action, make sure you test your alarms at least once a month, and you have a reliable fire duct system in place. Doing it on the first day of the month is the best way to do it, and marking it on the calendar will ensure you never forget. Just what you need for peace of mind.

Never Leave Your Tumble Dryer on When You’re Out of the House

Last but not least, don’t leave your tumble dryer unattended. Whilst it might be a great little gadget that saves you countless walks back and forth to the washing line, there are stories in the news on a regular basis about fires. This doesn’t mean that you should never use one, but you would be foolish to ignore expert advice. Time it right, and it’ll never be an issue.

About Author: Kevin has gone through an extensive home renovation with his son, which he has both thoroughly enjoyed, and dreaded every morning. He is now the proud owner of half his dream house (the other half has been waiting for spring). You can read more of Kevin’s work at PlainHelp.