You don’t have to be a DIY expert or extraordinary car mechanic to know that consistent maintenance is a great way to keep your items in tip-top shape. Homeowners know this better than anyone as it seems the work around the house is never quite finished.
While a creaky floor isn’t anything to freak out about, there are some items in your house that if left untouched, could spell certain disaster.
The majority of the items on the list require an expert to come out and fix but that doesn’t mean you can’t be vigilant about checking everything out on a regular basis. Which items or places should you be looking at? Let’s find out.
Not just a subject of many love songs, but it’s also what’s holding up your house. If you see you have a faulty foundation, then you need to be calling foundation experts immediately.
Look for any cracks in your walls, floors that are a bit too uneven, or doors that aren’t closing correctly. Foundation damage is usually caused by incorrect water drainage so make sure your water is draining away from your house.
If you’ve got a basement, you can also check for dampness or any leaky areas. It’s best to do an annual check on your foundation but always be on the lookout for interior signs. If left unchecked, you could be in for a big bill to pay.
During the winter months, you might not have as much debris piling up in your gutters but you can expect a lot of water. Too much weight can cause gutters to sag or eventually break off.
When you’re checking your gutters, make sure they aren’t pulling away from the fascia of your roof. If this happens, the water could be leaking into the fascia instead of its intended spot, the gutter.
It’s best to clean out your gutters every three months or so (depending on where you live) and make sure they’re still connected. You can fix them yourself with caulk or sealant assuming they aren’t leaning off the side.
The Water Heater
It’s easy not to give second thought to house appliances until there’s an issue with them. Unlike your fridge or microwave, however, your water heater is going to need constant attention.
If left unchecked, sediment can gather at the bottom but this can easily be solved by regular draining. It’s pretty simple and can be done in just under twenty minutes. You should do this at least once a year and warn everybody ahead of time that hot showers are off the table.
When looking at your house, your eyes probably go everywhere but the driveway. It’s there, you drive on it, end of story.
But driveways have a few warning signs to show you they’re in bad health. A few cracks here and there is nothing big, but multiple cracks along the surface, pieces falling off, or constantly pooling water are all bad signs that show your driveway is having issues.
Driveways definitely need professional eyes, so contact driveway replacement companies in your area to come check out the problem.
You might be surprised to learn that roofs are the biggest reason for home insurance claims. Checking your roof may seem scary, especially if you’re scared of heights.
Thankfully, you don’t have to go on the roof to check everything out. You can head up to your attic to look for any sagging, water rings, or places where sunlight may be passing through. You should also make sure and check out the ventilation and look for any condensation build-ups.
Under the Sink
While a small sink leak may not seem like that big of a deal, that little bit of dripping can mean you have to replace the entire sink unit or even worse, the cabinet itself.
Fixing this is usually pretty easy, as all it takes is some pipe tightening. If the problem keeps rearing its head, then you might have to replace old pipes which will require the expertise of a plumber.
If you’re fortunate enough to have a deck, you should be checking for rotting wood a few times a year. Rotting wood is caused by water dripping which can lead to your wood cracking or breaking.
It’s best to use a deck cleaner in order to remove all mold and mildew, especially if you’re experiencing a lot of rain.
Even if it’s just one piece of rotten wood, that could mean more is around the corner.