I don’t think there is a property ever built that doesn’t require some form of maintenance from time to time, or where absolutely nothing ever breaks down, stops working properly, or needs a bit of attention to keep things functioning smoothly. Most of us are able to deal with many of the little issues that crop up, and sometimes, some of the bigger problems too. Knowing ones limits is probably the most important piece of knowledge in the handyman’s toolbox, as some things really do need a thoroughly trained professional in, especially where issues such as electricity and gas are concerned. There is also a third area where many fear to tread and that of course is water, something we absolutely have to have in our properties, but one which can wreak untold damage if it gets where is isn’t supposed to be.
While much of our household maintenance is of a non-emergency nature, and can be dealt with at the weekend, or our next free period, issues pertaining to gas, water and electricity are really problems that cannot wait, so it is a brave man who doesn’t have the details for an emergency plumber or electrician to hand. Spotting issues at an early stage can be very astute economically, so regardless of if you are doing the maintenance yourself, or calling in help, finding problems and dealing with them before they get out of hand is highly recommended. A periodic check of your entire water system is advisable, which can find and fix, even small signs of leakage before they can get worse and cause extensive additional damage. If the power goes out and resetting the circuit breaker doesn’t fix it, or you smell gas, you really should get help in immediately, regardless of the hour.
There are numerous fittings and appliances in our homes that normally serve to enhance our lives, but which can cause much discomfort when they go wrong. No hot water on a cold morning is definitely not a great start to the day, and a freezing house when the heating malfunctions, or equally nasty, a sweltering house when a heat wave passes through is no fun either. As all plumbers in Melbourne northern suburbs will attest, having your heating, cooling and plumbing systems regularly serviced and checked, especially if you haven’t been using some of them for a while is a very good idea. The cost of a regular maintenance call, significantly less than an emergency call out in the middle of the night, can see all of the house checked out and upcoming problems spotted and addressed, swiftly and less expensively than when things culminate in a serious problem.
Many new innovations have come to the market place in recent years and continue to do so, with modern appliances way more efficient than those in many homes today. The utility bill savings can often swiftly cover the cost of the investment, so asking your plumber or electrician their thoughts, while they are on their routine call, can possibly save you money every month to come, while helping do your bit for the environment at the same time.