Home maintenance is one of those joyful chores that go with home ownership. Our home should be our pride and joy; the place where we feel happy and safe, and a place of comfort.

However, it can also be a huge source of stress too. When things go wrong they can be difficult and expensive to fix, and leave you wondering what to do next. To make matters worse, a seemingly small problem can turn into a big one or indicate that something more is going on that needs addressing. Here are some of the hassles you will probably come up against as a homeowner at some point, and why you should tackle them as soon as possible.

Home Maintenance : Black Mold

Not only does black mold look awful against your lovely white ceilings and perfectly decorated walls, but it’s also a pretty nasty health hazard too. The spores from the mold cause respiratory issues (especially in the vulnerable or those with allergies and existing respiratory issues) and even black mold poisoning.

Mold can sometimes be caused by steam in the home such as from cooking or the bath condensing on cool surfaces. When the moisture sits there, it gives mold the perfect place to thrive. It can also be a symptom of a leak elsewhere in the home. Check your guttering, as well as up in the attic to make sure there are no issues.

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Bathroom by Caroma

Having a good heating and air conditioning system in place can be useful too. This keeps the home at the right temperature and prevents condensation forming in the first place. You could look into residential air conditioning maintenance if your system isn’t working as well as it should.

Listen to the Podcast: If you are concerned about how best to clean your home and you don’t want to use chemicals (and who deos?) then you’ll find the podcast with Michelle Perkins fascinating. Michelle has created a range of organic cleaning products developed with bacteria. Yes, clean your home with bacteria, here’s why you should look at probiotic solutions.

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Home Maintenance : Pests

Rodents, birds, insects and other critters can sometimes find their way into the home. With access to warmth and food, their numbers can multiply and leave you with an expensive and tricky issue on your hands. Your best bet is trying to avoid pests in the first place, making sure all food (even in pantries, cupboards, etc.) is completely sealed in plastic containers or metal tins.

Sometimes the holes made for things like dishwashers and washing machine drainage pipes can be made too big. This gives a direct entrance from the outside to the inside where pests are able to gain entry. Making sure any gaps, no matter how small are fully sealed can prevent pests getting in.

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Kitchen by ZipWater

However, some will find their way in regardless. Fleas from pets, for example, are brought right in on your beloved dog or cat. Others can simply fly in through windows. If this happens and you notice an issue, it’s important to act fast.

You can buy products from DIY and hardware stores to kill pests, and in some cases, you might be able to put a stop before they have a chance to multiply. If not, it’s a case for an exterminator. Pests can cause health issues as well as structural damage to your home, so it’s critical to get them fixed.

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Vignette by Urrutia Design

Home Maintenance : Bad Smells

You pride yourself on keeping a clean and tidy home, but for some reason, there’s a bad smell that never seems to shift. The worrying thing is you might find yourself going ‘nose blind’ to this after a while, where you no longer smell it – but anyone coming into your home does. Embarrassing! Getting to the bottom of bad smells is important as it could be a sign of something serious going on.

Try and pinpoint the room it’s coming from and go from there. An animal could have died in your loft or inside your chimney breast and is starting to fester. It could be urine from a pet, or an appliance might not be working properly in the kitchen. Old fridges can sometimes emit a bad smell even when they’re clean so it might be time to update. It could even be an issue with the plumbing. Either way, simply covering it up with air freshener and scented candles isn’t going to solve the issue.

Old fridges can sometimes emit a bad smell even when they’re clean so it might be time to update. It could even be an issue with the plumbing. Either way, simply covering it up with air freshener and scented candles isn’t going to solve the issue.

Home maintenance is an on-going job. If you keep on top of it, your workload will be less stressful and you’ll have more time to enjoy your beautiful home.

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