During these crazy times many people are working on home improvements.
There are plenty of simple maintenance tasks and other improvements you can utilize to make your home safer.
You won’t have to break out the power tools or worry about getting in over your head.
Even minor leaks can cause major problems, from high water bills to costly repairs. Here are some easy ways to ensure your water stays where it should:
- Check appliances. They’re the most common source of water leaks in homes, so it’s worth taking a look at least once a year to check for problems. The hoses that come with your washer and dishwasher can mean big trouble – they break down over time. Look for kinks or cracks, and replace if needed. Consider using reinforced hoses, ones with steel braiding or mesh won’t hold up forever, but they’re stronger than rubber or plastic.
- Watch the pressure. Water pressure set too high can cause pipes, hoses and water lines to leak or burst. Inexpensive gauges are available at home-improvement stores to test your pressure.
- Consider installing water sensors. These can alert you to a leak or other problem soon after it occurs – some can even send messages to your smartphone.
Keep Your Family On Their Feet
Millions of Americans are injured in falls each year. Look around your home. Should you make some of these fixes?
- Reduce clutter. Everything from small pieces of furniture to area rugs can pose a hazard, so make sure they’re in appropriate places and out of the way if possible.
- Add stability to stairs. Make sure stairways have sturdy rails, and maybe even non-slip strips, particularly outdoors.
- Let there be light. It’s hard to walk safely when you can’t see obstacles or potential trouble spots. Make sure your home is well-lit, and don’t forget night lights, too.
Give Everyone Some Air
Pollution isn’t just an outside thing – the air in your home can be unhealthy, too. But helping people breathe a little easier isn’t hard when you follow these steps:
- Test the air (and your detectors). Make sure you have working carbon-monoxide and smoke detectors and test them regularly.
- Check your filters and ducts. Keeping your furnace filter and air ducts clean will keep your air cleaner as well.
- Keep your home clean. Dust doesn’t just build up on the furniture – it ends up in the air as well. Regular cleaning means cleaner air.
Home improvement doesn’t have to mean a remodel. Making your home safer could be the best improvement of all.