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When it comes to housework, there are always jobs that people just plain don’t want to do. No one want’s to spend hours clearing anyway, but it’s a part of having a lovely home. Here are a top five of horrid jobs no one wants to do, and tips to make it a little easier.
1| Unblocking Drains
Unblocking a drain is gross enough when you can clear it by flicking food out of the plug, but when it’s all in the pipes. Outdoor drains or anything to do with a blocked toilet – it goes to a whole new level. You can easily find a company who unblocks drains for extreme situations, or you can slide on those yellow marigolds and have at it. Avoid these instances by using a strainer over each plug to stop food from getting into the pipes, and by not pouring fat down the drain – it cools in the piping and just sits there.
Speaking of toilets, who actually enjoys cleaning them? But, unless you hire a cleaner just to sort out your porcelain throne, it needs doing by you. This weekly task can be made a lot easier with a few simple habits. Use a cleaning tablet that sits in the cistern tank; it cleans away odours each time you flush. If there’s a mark, remove it straight away, don’t let it dry and stain. And finally, if your aim is off, then sit down.
It’s an annoying task that requires more effort than you should have to expand. You can hire someone to unblock your gutters, or you can do it yourself. If you want an easier way of getting up there instead of a ladder, why not rent a cherry-picker for the day? However you go about it, make sure that the gutters are checked for nests before they are cleared. If you find one, either leave it be or contact your local wildlife company to get advice.
Unfortunately, most houses get some sort of damp issue at some point in their lives. This can be down to various reasons, can appear in various forms, and can affect any part of the house. The most common areas are the garage, basement and bathroom. But is also prevalent around windows. Getting rid of damp is more than just painting over it, and sometimes scrubbing it isn’t enough – because of how dangerous it can be, it is recommended that you get a professional involved. To prevent it as much as you can, make sure that each room has good waterproofing, and is ventilated year-round.
Full of cobwebs and spiders – no thank you. If it has to be done, then so be it, but it’s not a space that is particularly inviting. Grabbing down Christmas decorations, and shoving the kid’s old toys up there is the most many people do. But attics can present many issues, like leaks, insulating and lodgers of the animal variety. Getting a wasp/bat/bird’s nest removed is something only a professional should do. And the same goes for insulation issues and any leaks. So really, for a space that is supposed to be dusty, you don’t need to get involved!