Maintenance of Main Services to the Home
The smooth running of a home depends to a large extent on the efficiency of the main services and their maintenance. The main services are water, gas and electricity, which in most cases are installed when the house is built. The handyman does not need to be an expert plumber or electrician to be able to carry out simple jobs of maintenance and repairs, but he should have some understanding of the installations and their function, in order to be able to get the most out of them, and to keep them in good repair.
Nothing is more necessary to our home comfort and health than an efficient . Modern water systems, such as are installed in houses for domestic use, seldom go wrong; and when they do, it is nearly always for lack of simple maintenance, or the taking of sensible precautions to protect the installation in bad weather. Be fully conversant with your system and keep it in good order. Not only does this ensure a more comfortable and easily run home, but sensible care will cut down expenses for costly jobs arising from neglect.
With the exception of cleaning and small adjustments there is not very much the handyman can do towards maintaining the gas equipment in his home. However, you should know what to do if a leak is detected. Any repairs to gas pipes should be considered as temporary and the Gas Board notified.
The inexperienced handyman is not advised to make additions to the existing service, or to carry out repairs or alterations, which he does not fully understand.