When you have a beautiful home you wake up happy; it’s a great place to raise a family and entertain guests, and through a combination of do it yourself and smart shopping it can cost less than you think to get the house of your dreams. Once you have it, of course, you’ve then to keep it in great shape, but sometimes that can be harder than we anticipate. Home emergencies can strike at any time and can prove hugely expensive to fix unless we’ve taken the necessary precautions and preventative measures. Here are five things you can do to minimise the risk posed to your property, and your bank account, by home emergencies.
1. Don’t Neglect Your Smoke Alarms
We don’t like to think about it, of course, but ignoring the risk that fire and smoke can pose is a terrible mistake. A typical home has numerous fire risks within it, and these can be added to if you smoke or have a deep fat fryer or chip pan. We also have more appliances in our homes and if you leave them plugged in at night (which is a bad idea money wise as well) they could cause a fire while you and other family members are asleep. Smoke can kill quickly and silently, which is why smoke alarms are the most important items in any home. Never remove the batteries to stop them beeping; check them regularly and always ensure they’re in perfect working order; they can help save the property within your home and, more importantly, the people within it.
2. Keep Your Boiler In Optimal Working Order
We only realise how much we rely on our boiler when it stops working. Not only can this leave you cold and miserable, and without any hot running water, it can leave you looking at an expensive repair bill. Lots can go wrong with modern boilers, which is why an annual boiler service, and maintenance, if required, is essential. It’s also why you should always invest in something like the Certi Value+ boiler cover. They’re UK wide experts in boiler repairs and boiler maintenance, and their emergency boiler cover can cost less than five pounds a month. Crucially, you’ll have access to a 24-hour helpline, and you can make any number of claims in a year, so you won’t be left out in the cold if your boiler stops working.
3. Stop Leaks In Their Tracks
Whether hot or cold, we can’t do without water in our homes, but sometimes the problem occurs when we have rather too much water. Some signs of water leaks are obvious, such as the sudden gush caused by a burst pipe, often coming after a spell of freezing weather. Other leaks can develop over time, however, and these can eventually cause widespread damage to your property. It’s a good idea to sporadically check for leaks by noting the reading on your water meter (if you have one) at the start and end of a period where no taps are used. If the reading increases, it could be a problem. Also, be on the lookout for sudden drops in water pressure and unusual noises from the pipes. If you spot any of these problems, call a plumber immediately.
4. Prevent Water Ingress
Another cause of water in the home could be your external walls. They take a battering every year from wind, rain, and snow, and if a weak point occurs, water can find its way in and emerge at another point inside your home. This is called capillary action and it can lead to the need for costly repairs or renovations indoors. A sure sign of this occurring is damp patches showing on your interior walls but also look for white blooming effects appearing on your outer walls. As always, early repair work can save costly bills later on.
5. Increase Your Energy Efficiency
Energy bills are going up and up, as you’re sure to have noticed, and a major cause of this could be heat loss through your windows. If you have old single-glazed windows, you’ll be amazed at how much difference double or triple glazing can make. You’ll feel warmer all year round, and that means you’ll be able to turn your heating down. Windows are the major source of energy loss in the home and making your property more energy efficient also means that you’re reducing your carbon footprint. That’s something to be proud of, and it’s a small step towards combating climate change and creating a better world for our children’s generation.
These five simple steps, from having the right boiler cover to cutting down on energy loss, reducing the risk of leaks and water ingress, and especially preventing undetected fires can greatly decrease the chance of you being hit with an unexpected expense. It can also provide peace of mind, and keep you and your loved ones safe, dry, and warm.