What To Do When Your House Breaks Down On You

No one looks forward to a house breaking down, but there’s a lot that can go wrong when it comes to the structure you’re living inside and the systems that keep it functional. Lights can flicker, there can be a water shortage, and your bath might just tipple over and start leaking into the rooms below. And because something is going wrong inside your own personal haven, you’re going to feel terrible about it. But don’t worry, this post is here to help!

Even if you know your home has a lot of value to it, there’s always a chance something is going to stop working, or blow up in your face, or fall through the ceiling when you least expect it to. Not to mention how ill prepared you’re going to be to deal with these events! So when it comes to working on your house because of something that’s broken and severely impacted your quality of life because of it, you’re going to need some tips.

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When You Find Damp

Damp can strike anyone at any time, and it always looks incredibly ugly on an otherwise nice landscape of the rooms you’ve decorated yourself. Not only that, but it can completely remove the effectiveness of any plaster, making the house weaker and colder at the same time. So we can immediately understand finding damp around your house is going to be one of the worst things for your health.

Try to get a dehumidifier in your rooms to make sure any excess condensation is out of your house, and open windows whenever you can. Similarly, make sure you don’t overfill any baths or take too long showers. Until you can get the problem actually solved, these methods will stop it from getting any worse.

When the Radiators Stop Working

If the central heating in your house has stopped working, you’re immediately going to be able to notice because of how much shivering you’re going to be doing when the nighttime rolls around.

If you’re living in a home you don’t own, contact the landlord or council services who do own the house to try and get someone out to solve the problem. You can’t go on with no heat in your house when we live in such a mild climate! Even the water won’t be the same. If you do own your house, always contact your provider to see if the problem can be repaired by them or if anything has changed on their end. For example, you can ring up customer services for British Gas and keep asking for a supervisor or details of your contract until you get the information you came for. Or you can hire out a private service, although this might be a bit more pricey.

There’s a lot of common problems that can happen around the house, and the above are the most likely to happen to you. Don’t worry, they can be resolved simply, and you don’t have to suffer long.

Keeping The Outside Of The Home Healthy

Maintain outside of your house

Now that the winter is starting to wave its goodbyes and spring is right around the corner, many of of are starting to think about doing some projects on the house. The spring is the most popular time to carry out decorating and renovation work in the home because it is much lighter all day and it is warm enough to do it.

A lot of you may have already started to plan what colour you want the living room walls and which tile will suit the bathroom best, but have any of you thought about looking after the exterior of your home too? The outside of the home is crucial to the structural integrity of your home, and it is also the first thing people will see as they pass your home. Why not get some Roofers in to check your roof and make sure that it is healthy? And find someone to check your gutters and brickwork too. Looking after the outside of your home is just as important as inside, and here are some things you could do.

Pressure wash everywhere

The most useful tool you can buy for the front of your home is a pressure washer. It is. It only useful when you want to get bird poop off your car, but it can be a great tools for cleaning your driveway. Use your pressure washer to clean the driveway and lift any dirt, algae and sludge which has built up over the winter season. You can also use it to clean siding on your home, as well as the patio out back. Don’t use this on wood though because it will damage it.

Clean the gutters

You should ideally be cleaning your gutters out every six months, so now that the winter is at its end you can take advantage and give them a bit of maintenance. Once you have checked for blockages and removed anything which is in the downpipes and gutter, you can clean it and check for any damage. It is important to keep your gutters healthy because if they aren’t, damp can get into your home.

The garden

Looking after a garden can be a challenge if you don’t know the first thing about plants, but often you can ask a family member to come over and help you learn which plants you can move and which ones will die if you prune them. Ask your Mum round at the weekend and let her teach you about the plants you have in your garden and how you can keep them looking in tip top shape. It is important to know what you have in the garden because certain plants will need different levels of care. To spruce up the front garden and make your home feel more inviting you could plant a hardy shrub such as a hydrangea and even put a hanging basket by the front door. Trim your lawn once a month during the summer and in the winter you can just leave it as it is.