Keeping your home in order is one of the most demanding challenges that you meet when you are an owner. Taking care of the water supply pipes and installation in general, the electricity circuit, the furniture, the heating devices etc. All these items and parts of a well-organized and maintained home require time and money. If you are better-off than most of the people surrounding you, then you will be able to pay more than them for minor repairs and fixes, whatever happens to your place. However, if you struggle to make the monthly ends meet and you take good care of each and every cent that you spend, then prevention is the least expensive and most important strategy for keeping your home in the right shape.
Since electric circuit is a little bit tricky and you put your life at risk if you deal with electricity without proper knowledge, it should be left to professionals. The same goes for more serious water issues, like damages on the inside-walls pipes. But some minute checks and repairs can and should be done only by you. For instance, if your furniture is already frayed and ruined, you should take the bull by the horns, get proper cloths and redo the covers or put brand new ones onto your furniture. Also, if you see that bathroom tiles are getting shabby and worn our, you should take the right polish and that can make them last for at least five years.
One of the trickiest problems in a household is the leaking roof. If you live in a block of flats, on the top floor and your roof is leaking, you can call the authorized flats maintenance and they must solve your problems. That service is usually included in your monthly home service bill. Nevertheless, living in a house means a little bit different approach to the potential roof leaking problem. First of all, you should invest more at the very beginning. If you have a house built, you should get advised by builders and architects about the best solution for your very roof. It depends on the precipitation, the climate and the position of the house and the roof. When you ask the professionals, you can make a decision and choose the right roof cover. The insulation beneath the roof is also very important. The more material you use and more layers you make, the better insulation you will get.
But what if the prevention method fails? Sometimes it is not possible to foretell each and every situation. Well, if you see that your roof is leaking, you should first identify the place of the leakage. While this can be a very wide range of places, start from the chimney(s). When houses are built, the area around chimney is often neglected and yet rains and snows most often find their way through that part. You should take a hose and pour water around the chimneys and see if it leaked through the roof. If it does not show any signs of leakage, you should repeat the procedure on the whole roof. The water pressure should be constant, but not too strong in order to avoid potential further damage on wooden surfaces.
When you find a leakage, you should see what the problem is and how the roof leak repair can be done. If the roof tiles are broken, they can be easily replaced. On the other hand, if the problem is with isolation, you should see if that can be solved by mere repair or you need to replace the whole part. Also, if the problem is the whole in the ceiling and you have wholes, you should fill the whole with concrete or, in case of wooden ceiling tiles, with proper wooden fill.
Author: Sophie is consultant at Sydney plumbing service. She is interested in home improvement and protection.
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