Friday, June 16, 2017

Wait, I Have To Replace That?


Home improvements always seem like their never-ending. In some ways, they are. When you want to be able to live in a healthy home, you’re going to want to make sure that you not only stay on top of the cleaning and tidying but also the improvements in your home that aim to keep it safe and healthy too. Sometimes, you don’t even know that there are improvements and replacements that you need to make. When you bring something into your home, it’s easy to think that it can stay there for life, but that’s not always the case. So, here are a few things that you need to remember to replace to keep your home healthy and running well.

Air Conditioner Filter

First up is your air conditioning filter. Now, this is something that you probably know you need to do, but always forget about. If you want to make sure that your air conditioner stays in good shape for as long as possible, you need to change it. Depending on the filter you have, you’re going to want to replace it every 1-3 months. Make sure you check your handbook or call the manufacturer to confirm.

Kitchen Sponge

Then there are your kitchen cleaning products. Whether you use a sponge, a cloth, or a brush, you’re going to need to make sure that you replace it every week! That may seem like a lot, but otherwise, you could be spreading bacteria around your kitchen. However, you do also have the option to kill germs by soaking your cleaning equipment in bleach or another cleaner.  Sometimes that can only last for a few weeks, and you will still want to replace the sponge regularly.

Piping

It’s easy to believe that when the majority of your home's fixtures and fitting are secured, you’re good to go forever. But that’s not always the case - especially when it comes to your water pipes. Your pipes can often suffer from general wear and tear, meaning that you need to get a repipe carried out. Sometimes, it’s not easy to tell if you need replacement pipes, but when you have low water pressure or other plumbing leaks, it's often a strong sign.

Smoke Alarm

And of course, there’s your smoke alarm to think about. If you want to make sure that your home is safe, it’s definitely one to keep track on. Although this may be every ten years, you’re still going to want to make sure that your smoke alarms are working well. If you’re carrying out tests, but you’re still not sure, replace them early - your life is too precious to risk.  And be sure to test them to make sure the batteries are still working.

Carpet

When you get a new carpet, you can often think that it will stay with you for life. Although some carpets can last you up to ten years, you may experience some signs that tell you that you need to replace your carpet. From general wear and tear to smells and even trapped allergies, it’s often worth keeping an eye on your carpet’s health and replace it whenever it’s looking, feeling or smelling bad.  This can often affect allergies too.


What is another item you can think of that needs replaced on a regular basis?

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