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Home Maintenance You Should Never Put Off

Home Maintenance You Should Never Put Off

Home maintenance and repairs can be time-consuming, expensive, and boring, so it’s easy to decide some problems can be safely ignored until you feel like getting round to sorting them out. Unfortunately, by putting off these repairs, the problems can get worse, making them more difficult and expensive to put right. Here are the home maintenance tasks that you should never put off. 

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Concrete Cracks

A small crack in any kind of concrete can very quickly turn into a large crack, which can lead to a potentially dangerous problem, especially in the Winter. If water gets into a crack like this, it can freeze and expand, widening the crack and compromising the structural integrity of the whole section of concrete. You can repairs cracks with a quick-setting filler or a mortar mix in order to prolong the life of the steps, walkways, and patios, and to stop a small gap landing you with a big repair bill. 

Clogged Gutters

Never neglect your guttering. If it isn’t properly maintained, this vital drainage can cause a lot of trouble during the winter, leading to damage from water or ice. If you notice your gutters or downspouts are full of leaves or aren’t draining as they should, give them a good clean. While you’re cleaning, check for any gutter repair that you need. Is the guttering firmly fixed to the house? Do the downspouts drain away from the foundation? These steps might take up your afternoon, a few hours of work is worth it if it prevents you from having to make expensive repairs later on. 

Loose Railings

Loose or wobbly railings along your decking, porch, or steps are a sign that there is a weak connection somewhere between one or more of the posts and the frame. This is easy to fix. All you need to do is tighten up the screws or lag bolts in any place that doesn’t feel sturdy. Don’t ignore a wobbly railing. Eventually, the loose rail will give way, leaving you with a broken section of railing, which can be dangerous. It will also be a lot more expensive and time-consuming to repair than just tightening the connections. 

Water Warnings

If you notice a water spot on your ceiling, don’t ignore it. While it’s clear that you might have a leak somewhere, the cause is not always easy to spot. You might be dealing with a much bigger problem than a loose roof tile or a build-up of condensation. It’s a good idea to bring in a roofing contractor as soon as you spot a potential problem so you can get a clear idea of what is going on, instead of ignoring it or trying to find the root of the issues yourself. 

Driveway Damage

Asphalt is porous, so it’s very important to seal your driveway as soon as you see signs of wear. This prevents damage from rain, snow, ice, sunlight, or drips of oil. If waters get into the asphalt and freezes, it will cause more and wider cracks in the surface. This seepage can also saturate the soil underneath, causing it to shift over time and damage the driveway. 

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7 Best Tips to Stop Allergies at Home

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

7 Best Tips to Stop Allergies at Home

 

Allergies are a rising epidemic. Just in the US alone, they are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness. A lot of people presume they know what they are allergic to, but, due to possibly delayed reactions, it’s actually quite hard to discover the culprit. However, what you can do is try to prevent an allergic reaction, which will alleviate the symptoms as well. Here are some ways to do that.

Try to determine the cause

Determining the cause of your allergy is not always an easy task, but it could be very helpful. Unfortunately, allergy sufferers are often allergic to more than one allergen. Year-round allergy sufferers could benefit greatly from getting vaccinated. These vaccines have pretty good results, reducing the symptoms greatly. The downside is that at the beginning, they are pretty time-consuming, and can sometimes cause negative reactions, which means you need to be monitored for a while after receiving one.

Clear the air

In the case of airborne allergens, clearing the air in your home is essential for good health. Start out by regularly cleaning your AC filters and keeping your home free from dust. If your allergies still aren’t going away, you should probably consider getting a high-quality HEPA filter air purifier. With so many products available on the market with huge differences in price and quality, choosing the right one can be a nightmare. Relying on a reputable source like Air Purifier Ratings could help you find a product that fits your needs and budget. Finally, stop smoking and make your home a smoking-free zone.

Make your home spotless

Although uncleanliness, at least to a reasonable degree, can actually help boost our immune system through exposure to pathogens, once you already have an allergy or even asthma, there’s nothing you can do but scrub your home until it’s spotless. Fabrics are notoriously difficult to clean, so you might consider removing your curtains and using furniture with as little fabric as possible. Removing carpets will make vacuuming and sweeping the floors a breeze.

Reconsider having pets

Parting from beloved pets is hard, but sometimes, if allergies are severe, there’s no other option but to reconsider. Pet dander is very difficult to get rid of, so a quality filter is a must. Also, sometimes it’s enough to just make your bedroom a no-pet zone. Keeping animal dander as far from your bed as possible and vacuuming it from the floors and furniture could help you keep your allergies under control.

Wash your hair frequently

Your home might be a clean, allergy-free zone, but remember that you are carrying allergens inside every time you walk in. It’s helpful if you change into clean clothes once you come home. Your hair is another reservoir of allergens, so try to wash it every day during allergy season. Clearing your nose from accumulated allergens is also great. All it takes is a simple netipot and some salt water. It’s a simple enough addition to your daily routine, but one that might make all the difference.

Keep dust mites away

Dust mites are present in every home, no matter what you do. However, you can try to minimize their effect on your health by vacuuming often, deep cleaning your furniture and washing your pillows and blankets frequently. To keep them away from you, try creating a barrier by using high-quality, tightly-woven linens. Linens marked as 2-micron or lower are ideal for keeping these tiny critters from reaching you.

Get rid of mold

Mold can cause allergies or exacerbate already existing ones. It’s usually found in humid spaces, so your bathroom and kitchen are the biggest risk zones. If you happen to find mold, get rid of it immediately using a chlorine-bleach solution. Mold spores can be very dangerous to your health, so always handle mold with caution and use protective gear such as a face mask and gloves. To prevent further growth, don’t leave wet clothes, towels and rugs in your bathroom and fix any leaks straight away.

If you happen to suffer from allergies, one of the best things you could do for yourself is make your home an allergy-free zone. That could make a world of difference and help you manage your symptoms in a much more effective way.

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