Thousands of people across the country have taken advantage of the various closures to make improvements to their homes and gardens.
And now that summer has arrived, now is the perfect time to tackle the repair jobs that have been put aside during the colder months.
When it comes to household repairs, most homeowners tend to assume that they will be covered by contents or building insurance, however, Tap Warehouse, discovered that many of these jobs are actually hidden and maybe something that people are aware of, but don’t think they are causing any real damage.
But you could be wrong and it could end up costing a small fortune in the long run – up to £ 32,000, according to Tap Warehouse’s calculations.
They explained how you can avoid spending thousands of dollars just by following housekeeping and changing some little household habits that could potentially drain your bank balance in the future.
Here are 10 little flaws and habits that could cost you a fortune, from the most expensive to the least expensive.
1. Leaking broken gutters – £ 12,500 in repairs
Once the water has flowed back into the gutters, it can cause a leak through the roof. This then leads to structural damage in the walls, chimney and even the foundation. This can be a very expensive job to repair, with costs averaging £ 12,500.
Not only that, but heavy rain and snow increase the risk of ice dams forming on the roof, especially when your gutters are not working which can lead to a roof repair costing £ 3,000 .
2. Cracked putty can cause damage worth up to £ 2,000.
Any type of sealer and grout doesn’t last forever, and it can be especially damaging in the bathroom if left untreated. Sealant around the shower or tub and tile grout require regular maintenance. If left untreated, cracks can develop, allowing moisture to seep up to the ceiling below.
Unfortunately, Tap Warehouse says a bathroom leak caused by worn sealant is unlikely to be covered by your home insurance. So what appears to be a little cracked putty / grout issue could end up costing you a lot more in the long run – even a simple bathroom leak to the ceiling below can cost £ 2,000 to fix.
If you want to avoid unpleasant surprises, be sure to reseal the shower and tub area every one to two years and seal the grout on high traffic areas at least once a year.
3. Blocked air bricks cost a homeowner £ 400- £ 16,000 in repairs
Air bricks are specially designed with holes to allow air to flow under buildings with suspended wooden floors. However, over time, these air bricks can become clogged with soil, leaves, and debris. If plants or grass have grown too much, it can also block the air bricks.
Once the bricks are blocked or even partially blocked, moisture and gases from the soil will no longer be able to escape.
This will cause condensation and can eventually lead to rising damp, which can cost hundreds of dollars to repair. Even rising damp treated relatively quickly can cost £ 400, but if left untreated you could expect £ 16,000 in repair costs.
4. Dirty Refrigerator Coils Cost Britons £ 441
You’ve probably wiped down the inside of your refrigerator before, but remember the last time you cleaned the outside, especially the condenser coils.
These coils are located on the back of the refrigerator and can get clogged with dust, dirt, and pet hair. Once they’re tangled up, your fridge has to work harder to keep your food fresh, which means you could pay an extra £ 56 a year for electricity.
Plus, dirty refrigerator coils actually shorten the life of your refrigerator. They overload the compressor, which can lead to a £ 385 repair.
The good news is that these coils are easy to clean. Simply turn off the refrigerator and vacuum the coils to remove dust.
These should be cleaned once a year, or more if you have a lot of dust or pet hair in the kitchen.
5. A dripping faucet costs homeowners £ 300
While it might seem like a small problem, even a slowly dripping faucet can waste thousands of gallons of water per year.
Constantly flowing faucets can use over 450 liters per day – a whopping 175,000 liters of water in a year. It costs the average homeowner a painful extra £ 300 on their water bill. And, if it’s a dripping hot water faucet, you’ve also got hundreds of pounds added to your gas bill – it all goes straight down the drain.
Fortunately, a leaky faucet is an easy and inexpensive fix. Most often, a simple change of the faucet washer is sufficient.
6. Working toilets account for up to £ 300 of waste each year
A constantly leaking toilet from the cistern to the bowl can accumulate up to 400 liters per day – enough to fill five tubs.
If left unpaid for a year, it can add up to £ 300 extra on your water bill.
And that’s not even the worst part, some toilets can leak 8,000 liters a day – the equivalent of 100 baths.
A leaky toilet could cost over £ 6,000 a year if left unrepaired.
Sometimes it’s hard to notice when your toilet is leaking, which means it often goes untreated. A key sign is if you can hear or see water flowing from the back of the toilet bowl when the toilet has not been emptied.
Another great tip is to put a few drops of food coloring in the tank – wait 10 minutes to see if it spills into the bowl. If so, you have a leak. Make sure to flush after 10 minutes to make sure you don’t stain the toilet.
7. An inefficient shower head costs almost £ 100 each year
You might think you save money and water by taking a shower rather than a bath, but if your showerhead isn’t working, you could use more water in less than five minutes than a bath. .
If you have a shower that takes hot water straight from a boiler or water tank (instead of an electric shower), you could be wasting a pretty dime on gas and water bills. By switching to an efficient shower head, a family of four could save £ 40 on their gas bills and around £ 55 on their water bills – a total of £ 95 in savings.
8. Not installing a water meter costs an additional £ 71
While you can’t change your water supplier in Scotland, there are always ways to save money on your water bill. One way is completely free to install and could save hundreds per year, like installing a water meter. The amount of money you can save depends entirely on how much water you usually use.
Those who live alone or in a small household will often benefit from most of the savings.
Indeed, without a water meter, your bill will be based on the “assessed value” of your house and has no relation to water consumption.
The average unmetered property costs an additional £ 71 per year in water bills. If you find that the water meter is not saving you money, or if you change your mind, you may be able to go back within 12 months, although many companies offer up to 24 month.
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9. A running faucet while washing the dishes costs £ 25 per year
Did you know that 10 minutes of rinsing the dishes can waste enough water to fill a bath (100 liters)?
When the water is hot, it costs you not only water, but gas as well.
Using a dish bowl only uses 10 gallons of water as it’s smaller than the sink, which is why people can save £ 25 a year just by switching to a bowl.
10. Keeping cold water in the fridge can save you £ 17
When you take a glass of water, do you run the tap first so that the water is cold? That’s about a liter of water wasted for each drink, for a total of eight liters of water per day, so think about how much was wasted over a year.
For an average household, that adds up to 16 hot tubs of water (11,680 liters) costing £ 17 a year.
You can easily save that £ 17 by filling a jug with water and keeping it in the fridge.
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