We care for our animals and give them yearly checkups to maintain their health and well being. We make sure our cars are running in tip-top shape. We make sure we ourselves have our muscles massaged and our joints adjusted by masseurs and chiropractors. Yet we never spare a thought for our home. This humble four-walled cube that protects us from the elements, keeps us safe and warm, is never given the time of day. The reason for this is because we don’t consider our home to be living. We give it a personality, it never adopts its own persona. However, the structure and materials that the home is made out are constantly reacting to forces exerted on them. Even without our presence in the home, things would need to be maintained consistently because of erosion.
The only system in your home that requires pressure to work is the plumbing. Air pressure is used to pump water around the home by the piping designs and the heating system such as a boiler. If you’re not experienced with this, then you shouldn’t get your hands dirty. Messing around with the piping could lead to internal flooding disasters. Instead, you should call experts for a maintenance tune-up. They will make sure that all the joint fittings are tight and strong, make sure that pipes are not cracking and or leaking as well as suggesting improvements to increase or decrease pressure for easy adjustable water flow.
Hosing them down
Radiators are unfortunately drop-off areas for hard water content. Water cleaning companies will use very strong chemicals to clean the water and sometimes this leads to debris build-up. Usually, it’s filtered out but for heating systems, it’s not seen as a major priority. Water that comes to the boiler, for example, isn’t really drinking grade. It’s denser than what we would normally consume, which is great for heat conduction. The deposits in the radiator build up over time and this leads muck and sludge trapping the water inside. This prevents new hot water from getting in. even with full power on your boiler, clogged up radiators will be cold. The simple solution is to turn the heating off, turn off the valves, get a bucket to catch the escaping water and drain the radiator from the bleed valve. Next, take the radiator off, and take it into the garden to rinse it through thoroughly with a hose. It’s a good idea to use a high pressure hose for this.
Creaking floorboards are a sign of old age. Just like our joints crack and click as we age, the home’s floorboards will moan under pressure. It’s a good idea to simply switch them out when this happens as the surroundings boards can start to become loose as the affected floorboard shrinks and bends.
To perform a wellness check on your home is easy. You need to think of the systems in order of important. The plumbing is right near the top as water is vital for our living standards.
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