There is a list as long as your arm that can make up the types of emergency you can have in the home but as there are some more common than others, you need to be vigilant. Emergencies in the home can strike at any time, from a frozen pipe burst in the middle of winter, at night, to a burglary during a holiday in the summer. You should always take steps to keep your house and home safe through all seasons of the year. Prevention is far better than cure and a lot less expensive. We’ve put together a list of things you can do to keep your house safe through the year and make sure you have a stable roof over your head.
- Keep drains unblocked: always take steps to keep drains unblocked and pristine. Two to four times a year you should really use a decent drain cleaner as well as calling in a company such as aebheatingandplumbing.com to do a yearly service for you. If you’re constantly pulling hair out of the drains and don’t scrape your plates properly before you wash them, you’re looking at a difficult job of keeping drains clear.
- Service appliances: if your oven is gas run, have that and your boilers checked and service by an appropriate engineer once a year. This will mean you have less leaks, less breakdowns and the likelihood of carbon monoxide poisoning goes down dramatically. Appliances may be there as an everyday home help, but they can make such a difference in your health as well.
- Electrics: every five to ten years checking the electrics through the home is imperative. Doing so will help you ensure you have any burnt out wiring replaced and avoid electrocution, power cuts and broken circuits.
- Guttering: keeping your gutters clear of leaves and debris twice a year will mean you don’t have a back up in your drains. It’s a bit of a miserable job and it can be dangerous in cold and wet weather so try and make this a summer job!
- Kitchen pests: without liking to judge a little clutter, a kitchen that isn’t regularly swept and mopped can mean the entrance of little pests like ants, mice and large flies. Flies find food, lay eggs that become maggots in dirty and damp places. Messiness can also mean danger and a toaster full of old crumbs and an oven covered in grease are both at increased risks of fire which can be very hard to combat in a kitchen especially.
- Security: invest a little in a security light, burglar alarm and fences. Anything you can think of to protect your home and keep robbers at bay would stand you and your home in good stead. Other ways to deter criminals are gravel driveways, spiky bushes lining the boundaries, well-lit gardens and secure fences. These don’t have to be expensive but they do have to keep people from wanting to rob you.