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Ten Maintenance Tasks That Need Doing For Your Property

Monday, July 6, 2020



Keeping your property in good condition is important for many reasons. Not only is it good to live in a property that is clean and tidy, but if you eventually sell your property further down the line, you want to have left it in good condition. Not only that, but if you’re ignoring certain maintenance jobs, you’re going to end up doing costly damage to the property that’s only going to eat into your bank balance. With that being said, here are ten maintenance tasks that need doing for your property.



Deep Clean Your Refridgerator

The refrigerator is important to keep in good condition because it stores your food in and therefore any mess is going to stink out the appliance and also impact the fresh food that you have in there. It can be very easy for this space to get messy and so it’s important to give your refrigerator a deep clean every now and then. It’s just a good way to stay on top of the mess that can naturally happen in there. There are also some tips on how to keep the refrigerator smelling neutral, rather than being overpowered by any strong odours. Freshly cut lemon places on a plate can neutralize any odours. Baking soda is also a very good absorbent for refrigerators and other appliances like microwaves and ovens. Again, simply add a few tablespoons to a bowl or plate and let it sit in there, replacing it every so often. It can definitely make a positive impact that will make opening your refrigerator, a much more pleasant experience on the whole.

Cleaning Out Septic Tanks

Septic tanks are great for dealing with sewage on your property, but just like any other appliance, it’s important to get it cleaned out properly to stop it from breaking down. Septic tank cleaning is something you should have done to your tank every so often as there can be a lot of build-ups that form and it’s not going to go anywhere unless you do something about it. The service you purchase would usually help to remove any waste that’s in the tank and to also give it the clean it needs to get it functioning properly. Ideally, septic tanks need to be cleaned every two to five years, and so if you’ve not cleaned yours for a while, it might be worth booking in a cleaner to come and sort it out. The last thing you want is to have to pay the money to get it fixed or replaced.

Unclog The Washing Machine Or Dryer

Lint in your dryer and various debris can collect in your washing machine over time. It’s just like any other appliance in your kitchen, where it’s important to clean out the back end of the machine, rather than just focusing on the inside of it. You should be running your washing machine through a deep clean every month or so to stop it from smelling and to also clean up all the bacteria and dirt that might start to form inside the detergent draw and also on the inside of the washing machine’s rim.

Unclogging these areas and removing any lint from the dryer’s vent is going to help these appliances last longer. These are appliances that can certainly stand the test of time if you look after them in the appropriate manner.

Bleed Any Radiators

Radiators play a very important role in your property in that they provide the heat for your home. Sometimes, after your radiators haven’t been used in a while, it’s important to bleed them. This is important because if the water within your radiators isn’t heating up quickly enough, you’re likely to turn up the thermostat to compensate for it. That means that you’re wasting more heat for a poorer performance. You should be doing this every so often, at least at the end of summer where you’ve not likely used your heating because it’s been warm. When they sit dormant for months on end, you definitely want to bleed them so that they work better in general.



Get The Boiler Checked

There are some appliances and areas of your home that you need to pay particular attention to because if they become compromised, it could throw your home into disarray. One of those is your boiler, and it’s important to get your boiler checked annually for any problems that might have arisen or could potentially be a problem. Unless you are a qualified engineer of boilers yourself, then you’re not going to be aware of what’s going on within your boiler. You also need to make sure that you are getting an engineer in if you have any problems or any new sounds or behavior is coming from the boiler itself because this could be a sign that’s something is wrong. Trust your gut and pay attention to an appliance like this because it can certainly be a costly expense to replace.

You’ve also got areas of the home like your roofing that might need looking at every so often to check for any exposed or broken tiling. The last thing you want is any flooding or any compromises in your home’s security.

Clean Out The Gutters

Gutters are something we don’t often think about, but they’re actually important to look after. Guttering can tend to get a build-up of rubbish and debris due to the weather and also animals that carry various bits to create a nest. The last thing you want is for any birds nesting in your gutters because that can then be hard to remove with disrupting the nest and causing them harm. So with that being said, it’s important to keep the gutters clean. Try to give them some attention at the start and end of every season as this is likely to be where it builds up the most. The more you can keep it clean, the less chance you have of causing flood damage to your property and it’s structure.

Look At Interior & Exterior For Holes

Just like the roof space, you also want to check the interior and exteriors of your home for any gaps or holes. It can be important to do this because any sort of compromise in the structure of your home can lead to flooding, damp and even pests. It’s a simple check that you can do around your home every so often, and if there are any, then it’s a good idea to get them filled in as soon as possible. Make sure that you are using the right materials when it comes to sealing up holes because if the material is too weak, it could still risk compromising your home’s structure. Also, it’s easy for pests to munch through weaker materials like insulation and wood, for example.

Check Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors

The dangers in your home are ever-present, but we don’t tend to recognize them until it’s too late. Your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are very important to keep an eye on. It’s a simple case of replacing the batteries in these devices, but if you’re not doing that, you run the risk of it running out. That’s the last thing you want to happen, especially if a fire or leak was to ever happen in your property by accident. Do a check of them every few months to make sure it’s still making the sound it needs to be making.


Do Some Garden Maintenance

Garden maintenance is a good way of keeping the exterior of your home neat and tidy, to help avoid any damage on the property. If you’re letting trees overhang onto the property or other shrubs that get too close to the property itself, this could cause potential damage and flooding. Keeping the trees trimmed back, and the garden in a neater condition will certainly help reduce the risk of this happening. Try to do a trim of your garden each season, especially during times where there might be extreme weather conditions. It’s always good to keep tabs on this area of your home, even if it’s not somewhere that gets much use for the majority of the year.

Continue To Keep Pests Away

Pests are something you certainly don’t want in the vicinity of your home, let alone inside it. That’s why it’s important to make sure you are doing your best to keep your home clean and tidy. Be wary of what you’re leaving out in the kitchen and keep everything clean and off the floor so that you’re not creating any ideal spots for pests to nest under. Be vigilant in your checks of the property for gaps or holes and maintaining the garden will certainly help keep the vermin at bay.

Maintenance tasks are essential for the home, so make sure you have an on-going to-do list to make sure everything is being dealt with as usual. By doing this, you’re keeping your home in good condition.

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