Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind? Not Quite
With spring cleaning on all our minds, now is the perfect time to turn your attention to the neglected parts of your home. We all know what we should do to keep our homes in top shape, but how many of us do what we’re supposed to? For most of us, out of sight is out of mind when it comes to those maintenance tasks. Extend your spring clean beyond just cleaning this year. Turn your attention to the parts of your home that you’ve neglected. We may like to think those out of sight places don’t matter. But, leaving issues to develop will ensure you’ll see them soon enough. When you do, the chances are it’ll be too late to do anything! So, what out of sight places do you need to keep in mind?
The roof is a big one. If we’re honest, few of us give it the love it deserves. How can we, when we have no easy way to see what’s happening? The risk, when you don’t keep up with maintenance, is that problems will worsen. If something goes wrong on your roof, it’ll affect your house as a whole. The only thing for it is to get on a ladder and have a look. If you see any serious problems, contact a roofing contractors as soon as possible. If you’re lucky enough to be problem free, do what you can to keep it that way. Clear off moss and mold to ensure their build up doesn’t cause issues. If you can, repair any loose slats. While you’re on the ladder, it’s also worth cleaning your gutters. Not doing this could lead to major plumbing problems. Make sure to tackle the job at least once a year!
As time goes by, issues can also develop in your attic. If there’s a problem with your roof, you can be sure your attic is affected too. You should get up in your attic and have a good look. Depending on its size, this may be a challenging task. Even so, it’s important. Look out for mold and leaks which could cause problems. Make sure, too, that there are no pests around. Rats and such tend to head for attics because they’re dark and out of the way. But, they may start chewing your insulation for their nests. If this happens, you’ll soon know about it.
UP THE CHIMNEY
If you have a fire, you also need to consider the state of your chimney. It’s another place that’s tucked out of sight. Make sure not to neglect it. Unlike the small growing problems above, not cleaning your chimney is dangerous. Creosote builds when you have fires. And, creosote is highly flammable. If you don’t clean your chimney often, you’re putting your whole house at risk. A chimney professional is your best bet here. How often your chimney needs cleaning depends on how often you use it. It’s worth checking every year to make sure.