Just like you take your car to get serviced each year, your home also needs an annual check up. As a homeowner, it’s your responsibility to ensure that your property is kept in good shape. The best way to do this is by performing a home maintenance check once or twice a year. This will not only allow you to spot any problems early, but also any potential problems, so that you can deal with them before they cause more damage. Think of it this way, the sooner you spot any problems the cheaper they’ll be to fix.
To give you an idea of all the areas of your home that should be checked, we’ve put together this handy guide.
If the exterior drains by your property get blocked, this can lead to water pooling near your home. This can not only cause flooding, but also damage to your home’s foundations. So it’s crucial that you keep an eye on your drains, to ensure that they’re not blocked. The best way to check your drains are working properly, is by pouring a small amount of water down them. If the water goes down as it should do, there’s nothing to worry about. However, if the water overflows, this is cause for concern. If you notice the water is not going down as it should, it’s best to call a plumber.
As mentioned above, pooled water can damage your home’s foundations, as can many other elements. That’s why it’s essential to check them to ensure that there’s no damage. If you notice any cracks or holes in your properties foundations, it’s crucial that you consult an expert immediately. As damaged foundations can lead to damp and other problems for your property.
You probably think that if there was a problem with your home’s electronics you’d notice it, but that’s not always the case. That’s why it’s important to check your home for any issues every so often.
Start with your fuse switch – check that all the fuses are working well and not getting hot. Then, go around plugging one item into each plug point to check each point is working. If you notice that a plug point isn’t working, gets too hot, or sparks, it’s best to call a company that offers 24 hour emergency electrical services. With electronic problems, you should never mess around as sometimes they can lead to fires. So as soon as you spot a problem, it’s crucial that you get it fixed.
As for your home’s drain pipes, these need to be checked for any leaves or other debris blocking them. Using a ladder, climb onto the roof and check the drainpipes. If there’s any debris in them, remove it. To check the pipe leading to the ground isn’t blocked, pour a bucket of water down it. If the water comes out the other side, the pipe is working fine. If not, there may be a problem. If your drain pipes can’t carry water away from your house, the water can damage the cement on your home, leading to all sorts of problems.
There you have it, all the most essential home maintenance checks you need to be making.