5 Expensive Home Repairs to Prevent
There are lots of things that could go wrong in your home, and there’s nothing worse than having your heating or oven breaking just when you need them most. It always turns out that way, when you’re cooking Christmas dinner or in the middle of winter when you’re freezing, and you need the heating on.
Then there are other dangers such as being burgled or accidents happening in the home.
While there’s not always something you can do about an unexpected breakdown or an accident, there are things that you can do to eliminate and prevent problems before they arise.
This can save yourself a lot of money and hassle and some of them are very, very important.
Read on to discover these expensive home repairs to prevent and why you should get to them right away.
Carbon Monoxide Detector
It’s essential to have a carbon monoxide detector in your home. Carbon Monoxide is known as an ‘invisible killer’ because you cannot see or smell it.
Having a detector can let you know if there is any presence of the gas in your home and will help you get to safety immediately. In most countries, it’s required by law. Plus, it’s a peace of mind!
Before your left in the heat with no AC, be on the lookout for any unusual noises coming from your air conditioning unit outside. Sometimes a fan that’s about to go out will suddenly become noisy.
If your air conditioner isn’t blowing cold air, just cool air, you might be running out of refrigerant.
Your unit might not die, but it will likely have to run more often to cool your home, costing you more.
Get a company such as Precision Air & Heating A/C Repair to have a look at your unit twice a year.
Once in the spring before temperatures start to tick up and once more in the winter or fall before you switch to using your heater.
Secure Windows And Doors
The physical security of your home is essential to keeping you and your family safe. Make sure all your windows and external doors have strong locks.
All accessible doors and windows should be double-glazed.
If you have key-operated locks, then this may put burglars off.
Just remember to hide the keys out of sight and somewhere the burglar can’t reach if the glass is broken.
Remove Dryer Lint
Clothes dryers can be handy but also dangerous at times as they can catch fire and have been the cause of many house fires. The leading cause of the fires is lint in the trap, the vent and the area around the dryer.
Lint is highly combustible and if your clothes take a long time to dry or the dryer is hot to the touch, your dryer vent may be obstructed.
Make sure you clean this out after each use before it catches on fire. You can do this by unplugging the dryer and pulling the dryer away from the wall.
Snip Wayward Carpet Strands
This one’s easy, but surprisingly important. Strands of loop carpet that stick up higher than the rest of the floor need to be cut down to size.
Otherwise, you can catch one with your vacuum cleaner. Maybe, a child may pull on it, which will cause it to unravel and leave a run across the floor. If you need to pin down the underboard then this is easily done with a 23 gauge pin nailer.
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Fixes don’t get any easier than this, just cut any strands that are sticking up with scissors until they’re level with the surrounding carpet.
Now you have some tasks to add to your to-do list. Believe me, preventing larger repairs is a blessing. Small yet tedious tasks like this are definitely worth it.
Do you have any other expensive repairs to prevent that you work on?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.