Being mindful of your home’s regular needs for maintenance is essential in maintaining its condition and value. Many homeowners are aware of and often do perform regular, preventive maintenance tasks such as gutter-cleaning, air conditioner filter changes, and water pipe winterization. But aside from these, there are often overlooked areas of the home, that when not tended to, can ultimately lead to disastrous results. Here are five places around your home you should be sure to inspect before it’s too late.
Foundations are extremely important. A functional foundation not only supports the home, but also creates a certain control-barrier to nature’s elements that are always trying to get to the base of your structure. Reputable contractors such as MBA Construction recommend that at least twice a year, you should do a thorough inspection of the foundation, inside and out. Take note of and immediately address cracks, chips, uneven surfaces, sinking, or any other irregularity you may notice.
Yet again, twice a year is a great number to remember. In this case we’re talking about the regular inspection of your home’s roof. It is all too common when homeowners learn the hard way. In other words, the vast majority of roof issues and roof leaks are found to have been preventable beforehand. Smalls tears in sealants, shingles, or other roofing materials can quickly lead to much greater problems.
Siding is your home’s outer skin. When it becomes breached, everything from water to insidious household pests are free to enter. Inspect for the smallest gaps and misalignments between siding pieces. Also check for drilled holes and proper trim or sealant around wire and pipe breaches. If in question on a siding issue, you can contact a leading local contractor (such as a Texas general contractor).
Water Shutoff Valves
Your home’s water shutoff valves are crucial control mechanisms that stop water flow to the house and plumbing fixtures. Check these valves for corrosion or dripping. Inspect under faucets, at the water heater, at the main supply line coming into the home, at toilets, and even at any outside hose bibs.
Throughout your home there are probably a great deal of caulk joints, or spaces that where two materials meet and require application of caulk. The bathtub, shower, sinks, and countertop are all great examples. Inspect all of these for gaps, cracks, and mold. If these conditions exist, the area should be re-caulked as soon as possible.
This concludes our list of what to never overlook on your home. If you live in Texas and are in need of expert help in inspecting or maintaining your home, you know who to call. And take it from the pros: a proactive approach now, including regular inspections, saves volumes of time, expense, and stress later.
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