6 vital home maintenance Tips that could save you hundreds

By Jessica Truss | Published August 4th, 2020

The sun is shining, but we’re all still in lockdown! I know right, not a good feeling!

However, here are 8 easy maintenance tasks that will keep you busy and save you money!! 

1. Sanding your driveway

The sun is out, great! 

However, with this, you start to see gaps in your driveway pavement, not great! 

This can lead to long term issues, such as the pavement breaking and falling apart, which would then need replacing in the future! 

Gaps between pavement bricks can also lead to a loss of colour, potholes being created, and weeds growing between them! Very annoying! 

Here’s an easy tip! 

Purchase some kiln dried sand and brush it along your driveway pavement! 

This will not only fill up the gaps between the pavement bricks, but also mean there will be no weeds growing in between! 

Do make sure you do this when the ground is dry however, otherwise you may find yourself in a very messy (and sticky) situation.

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3. Save your takeaway lemons

We all love a spicy Chinese or an Indian! These take-away cuisines also come with some refreshing lemons! Tasty right! 

Here’s a great way to make the most out of these lemons, and make sure you’re squeezing the most out of your pounds! 

Lemons can be used for many purposes across your house. These include cleaning microwave, your waste disposal, and even powering a light bulb (this one is a bit of a stretch, we know!)   

Squeeze a few drops of lemon down your sink disposal, and this will help to loosen anything that is stuck onto the blades! Who needs a plumber? 

Lemon juice can also help clean your microwave! All you have to do is mix it with water and microwave it for 5 minutes! Useful right! 

4. Turn your garden into an investment

We all love a bit of gardening, right? 

However, your garden doesn’t have to be just a hobby! It can be a great investment, and a way to make some decent profit if done correctly! 

Growing your own fruit and vegetables will not only give you a great sense of satisfaction but will also help to reduce your shopping bill! 

Tomatoes, chilli’s, beans and cabbages. All items that can be grown directly in the back of your garden, by using the sun to your advantage 

(whilst it lasts).

5. Turn your fizzy drinks into cleaning products

We all know fizzy drinks aren’t good for you! So how about this summer, you switch the fizzy pop for mineral water instead, and instead use fizzy drinks to clean your drains, and toilets! 

Fizzy drinks such as Coke contain phosphoric acid, and this will eat through any blocks or clogs in your drains or toilets! Handy right! 

Even better, using fizzy drinks is much cheaper than using branded drain unblocking products on the market! 

This tip will not only help your body, your drains, but also your wallets!

6. Use a chimney balloon to stop those drafts

Your fireplace/chimney will not be in use much during the summer periods, so this is the best time to stop draft air from entering your house! 

Chimneys are a major source of heat loss during the winter seasons, as they provide a direct channel to the outside! 

Due to this, doing this simple yet useful procedure in the summer will help you out during the whole winter! What a great way to think ahead! 

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