If you are reading this then I assume you have taken the first step into becoming a homeowner. There is no greater feeling than finally have an abode to call your own. To decorate as you see fit. To entertain guests and potentially raise a family in.

But, like anything, a home needs love, care, and attention. It is easy to think a building can just get by without any TLC. But this is far from the truth. Our technology is great. But not so great that we can hold back natural wear and tear. That is why it is vital that you keep a close eye on a lot of your home’s vital systems to ensure they are running safely and properly.

Today we are going to go through a guide on what systems you need to check and how to check them. A warning first. We are not recommending you attempt any repairs or serious checks. Please hire a professional to handle anything like that. This is more to help you realize when you need to hire someone in to take a look

Electricals

We need to reiterate our safety warning for this section. The electric systems that run through your house are a fantastic marvel of modern technology. Able to bring light, power your TV’s and cooking equipment. Charge your phones and provide security.

But electrical systems are complex and dangerous. To the layman, it can be difficult to examine the inner workings of these systems and understand what is happening. It is all too easy to injure yourself while examining your electrical systems. This is why you need to leave any repairs to a professional.

Spotting an error in these systems is fairly easy though. The most obvious way is when a device or outlet stops working. Often this can be caused by a faulty fuse in a plug or a loose socket. But other times it can mean there is a shorted fuse or even broken wiring. If the basic fixes don’t work, this is the time to call a professional.

Another indicator is sparks or buzzing noise. Both can be indicators of loose circuitry or a large problem with the system.

Plumbing

Modern plumbing is one of the wonders of the age. We don’t talk about it often, but it is thanks to plumbing that we live such clean and healthy lifestyles. In the past, all the slops from a toilet were just throwing into the street. Thank god those times are over in the western world.

The plumbing system in your home is designed to operate without much interference. But that doesn’t mean it is impervious to a fault. Last week i found a plumber when visiting Levittown who walked me through some of the most common issues you can face with your home plumbing.

The biggest thing to listen out for is strange noises. This is more than just the normal settling of your pipes. Large gurgling sounds coming from your drain, often paired with a nasty smell, can mean a major blockage or limescale deposits cause breakages.

A loud hammering noise can mean there is a loose valve within your pipes that is rattling about. This can lead to more consistent damage if left unchecked. This issue can also cause a drop in water pressure which can lead to you being without hot water for a while.

Heating

Your boiler is a vital tool when the winter months hit. It is the key to keeping your radiators working and the house warm. But it can also be fought with some issues down the line due to wear and tear. So there are a few things to keep an eye on. The first being the pressure gauge on the boiler unit. The pressure of a boiler will drop naturally over time. But it should be dropping very slowly. If your gauge is dropping fast there is most likely either a leak on the boiler or a large fault with your pipes.

Another issue that is common is radiators not working properly. If you find your radiator is warm at the bottom but cold at the top then you need to bleed it. This lets the pressure in the radiator go down and allows the water to move about freely. This is a common fix. But if bleeding the radiator doesn’t work then you might have a more serious issue on your hand that will require a professional to look at it.

Security

The security of your home is vital. It would be lovely if we could live in a world where we could leave our front doors unlocked. But sadly we don’t. The security of your home is of vital importance. And there are a few ways you can check it.

Firstly you need to make sure you know of every entrance to your home from the outside. This might sound simple but there are times a small vent goes noticed or a mini window unchecked. Then you need to make sure everything is secure. Investing in strong locks is a good way to do this.

Investing in a security system is also a good idea. Sensor alarms have gotten quite advanced in recent years. They can contact both you and the police automatically in the event of an intruder.