Being responsible for your own house means being aware of potential issues and knowing what to do should they arise. Some people are really unlucky and end up tackling extensive (and expensive) problems, whilst most people will find themselves battling the same mundane issues as every other homeowner.
Whilst you won’t be able to foresee certain problems, there are a number of things that will likely strike but that can easily be avoided.
Mold in Bins
One of the most common issues people face is with mold in their bins. Garbage bins are a breeding ground for bacteria, namely because they’re dark, sheltered, and have an ongoing supply of food. You might not realize that when you’re putting food in the bin or changing the bag, small bits of debris are landing in the bottom of the garbage bin.
It’s not just clumps of food. Pools of grease and fat can also gather at the bottom of the bin after seeping out the garbage bag, creating a foul odor and practically inviting mold in. Luckily, there is a simple fix to reducing mold in bins, and it’s in the form of newspaper. Simply line the bottom of your bin with old newspaper. It will absorb and fluids and easily be thrown away when you change the bin bag out.
To further reduce smells and bacteria, sterilize and disinfect your bins once a week.
Damp and Wood Rot
Another common problem that can strike at any time is damp and wood rot. There are different types of each, but most can be prevented. Condensation can be prevented through good ventilation, so this means opening windows regularly and installing extractor fans in the bathroom and kitchen. This should, by default, also reduce your chances of other types of damp, such as dry rot fungus.
Another step you can take to reduce the chances of damp is ensuring your DPC is up to date and not compromised, especially if you live in an older property. Damp and wood rot can be expensive issues, so making sure you take adequate steps to minimize the chances of it taking hold is essential.
Everyone has experienced a blocked drain before, be it in the shower or the kitchen sink. Generally speaking, you can unblock a sink yourself with minimal fuss, but it’s a tedious job nonetheless. There are lots of easy ways you can prevent your drains from becoming clogged in the first instance, many of which are more habitual than anything.
Taking simple steps like scraping all food remnants into the bin before doing the dishes, cleaning the shower plug every time you wash your hair, and putting drain cleaner down every drain the house once a week should keep things moving and reduce the chances of you having to get the plunger out.
Are your kitchen countertops smooth or rough? If they’re rough due to scratches, there’s a good chance they’re harboring lots of different types of bacteria. As a general rule of thumb, you can prolong the life of your kitchen countertops and create a more hygienic environment to prepare food in simply by using cutting boards. Different cutting boards for different foods are recommended to avoid cross contamination. Once you have your cutting boards, repair the existing scratches for a more sleek finish.
How many times has your power tripped out? Probably a couple of times, and it’s most likely due to overcrowded plug sockets clogging up the power supply. Not only this dangerous, but it’s also entirely preventable. Unplug things you’re not immediately using to avoid overwhelming the power supply.
We hope you’ve found this article useful in the way of preventing common household issues. Do you have any top tips to share?