Home repairs can span everything, from the very simple to more complex and very expensive. Some issues will be unavoidable, but there are some that can be prevented with some conscious pro-activism on your part. What might seem like a menial task could end up saving you a small fortune if you prepare properly, making them worth the minor inconvenience they cause. Read through the inexpensive ways to avoid expensive home repairs below and potentially save yourself lots of money in the future.
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One of the biggest issues that affects houses comes in the form of damp. It can start off small but it could grow into a far more troublesome problem, and one that could potentially affect the value of your house if it goes unnoticed. Not all types of damp can be prevented, but there are certain steps you can take to stop damp like condensation and penetrating damp it its tracks.
First of all, make sure you regularly open windows and vents. This will ensure fresh air is circulating in your house and excess moisture in the air has an escape route. In rooms without windows, try a dehumidifier or damp crystals to absorb the moisture in the air.
Another important step you can take is to install extractor fans in the bathroom and the kitchen, and make sure you switch them on when you’re showering/cooking to absorb the moisture in the air.
Implementing these steps will drastically reduce your chances of developing condensation related damp. To prevent more troublesome damp like penetrating damp, you should conduct regular checks on your roof, walls and gutters, making sure you clear the gutters and keep an eye out for compromised roofing and external walls. You’ll also want to check the DPC on your property and pay for a repair if needed to prevent rising damp from getting in to your home.
The damp proofing cost will far offset the price of having to pay to repair and replace vast areas of your house if damp gets in and compromises the structural integrity of your house.
Damp can be caused by leaks, so it’s important that you regularly check your home for them. You will usually know if you have a leak because you might hear incessant dripping, notice a puddle on the floor, or see that your walls are wet. These are common signs that shouldn’t be ignored, but depending on where the leak is and what’s causing it, you might not know until it’s too late. What we’re talking about here is in the case of slipped roof tiles which can give way to weather-related leaks, not to mention a host of security issues.
If you have a roof related leak, it’s obvious that your roof is damaged and if you don’t act fast, you might end up having to replace the majority of the roof instead of just one or two tiles For this reason, make sure you check your roof every few months – making more of an effort in winter when harsher weather conditions are expected.
The final inexpensive thing you can do that might end up saving you a small fortune is to keep a vigilant eye on your heating system – and your A/C system if you have one of those. Boilers and heating systems in general are not cheap, and they don’t tend to just break one day. There are usually signs that your heating system is on the blink, so rather than waiting for the entire system to blow, as soon as you notice a small issue, get it checked out. After all, the fee of paying a professional to take a look is considerably less than the price of replacing the whole system.
Hopefully these tips are food for thought and will help save you money in the future – even if they do seem a bit tedious at the time.
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