As you know, I’m all about saving as much money as possible. And what better way to do this than by doing your own DIY jobs and making changes that’ll save energy, time and future expense?
So, here are my top 4 home maintenance tips to get you started:
#1 Give Your Fridge’s Condenser Coils a Good Clean
The coils at the back of your fridge work hard to keep it cool by releasing heat. However, over time, dust will build up here which means they soon become clogged up. This means they use up more energy to try and get rid of the heat and may even break down altogether.
To clean them, unplug your fridge and move it away from the wall. Then, gently remove the debris with a brush before vacuuming around the coils with care. Alternatively, if your fridge has a condenser fan installed, all you’ll need to do is hoover this section.
#2 Reseal Your Bathroom Every Year or So
After a while you’ll no doubt notice that your bathroom seals start to crack, peel, go moldy or break down completely. Once this happens (or before it even happens), it’s important to replace it so you can avoid water damage and mildew and mold.
To reseal you’ll need to get rid of the remaining seal with a specialist remover and utility knife. Then, get rid of any mold before masking the area so you can get a precise finish. Once the seal is in place, wet your finger and wipe it along the seal to smooth it down and get rid of any excess.
#3 Clear Out Your Gutters
Out of sight, out of mind?
Unfortunately, this is often the case with our gutters as we can’t see how built up they’re getting with leaves and other debris. Leave them too long, however, and you could end up with water damage or even pest infestations.
So, once a year, get to work clearing these out (spring is the ideal time!). Just ensure your ladder is level, steady and sturdy before you start and use a trowel to get rid of the larger pieces of debris. Then, flush the rest out with a hose.
At this point, you might also want to look for any leaks that need fixing – and you can check the guttering is still in the right position. If not, try to secure it back in place with cable ties from places like RS.
#4 Remove Any Blockages in Your Dishwasher
Our dishwasher gets a lot of hammers which means it’s prone to breaking down. However, they’re not cheap to replace and, in a lot of cases, you can prevent these break downs.
Do this by regularly wiping down the rubber seals so they don’t leak and always seal properly. And clean out the filters several times a month, washing them out with soap and water after you’ve removed them. You might also need to check for blockages in the spinning arms’ holes – using a toothpick or needle helps clear these easily.
Finally, if your dishwasher doesn’t seem to empty properly after use, you may need to clear out the drain hose. Always disconnect the dishwasher first and refer to the manual before you do this!
Doing these simple jobs yourself won’t just mean you’re saving money by not having to hire a professional but should also help ward off any expensive problems in the future.
What are you doing to try and save money around your house?