Repairs that lead to Bigger Problems
Finding time for all our daily responsibilities is hard, and when we do find time we procrastinate by finding other things to move to the top of our list.
But leaving some of these projects unattended can lead to bigger problems for your health and your home...
1. Siding and Roof Repairs - If you see signs of water damage or cracks anywhere on the exterior of the home, left unattended can cause bigger headaches down the road from water damage, pests, and loss of energy. Water damage leads to mold and mildew problems . Professionally removing mold can cost in the thousands for professional remediation, and most DIY kits you can buy only mask the problem and are inefficient in removing all the mold spores.
2. Tree and Yard Maintenance - The yard is the first site anyone sees for your home. Keeping up on the landscape can keep the house looking fresh leaving great curb appeal. Make sure your trees are properly trimmed to protect your home from damage from snow and severe storms. Making sure all branches are well away from power lines.
3. Irrigation - During heavy rain storms if you start to see pools of water anywhere in the yard it may be time to have the drainage of the yard inspected by a professional landscape and drainage professional. Left unattended can cause flooding in basements, erosion in the yard, foundation cracking or settling unevenly, leading to huge repairs.
4. Gutter Repairs and Cleaning - Like the Irrigation issues, gutters that are not sloping right or are clogged lead to overflowing. Causing Ice dams, soil erosion, foundation cracking, settling, flooding and dry rot on the siding, trim and windows. Make sure you clean or repair your gutters before any heavy rain or snow season.
5. Electrical - Making sure your electrical lines, outlets and fixtures are all up to date protects your property from any fire hazards. Make sure to hire a licensed and insured electrician that has good reviews. Some insurance companies won't cover your home if the work is done by an unlicensed professional and not to code.
6. Plumbing - Just like the Electrical, making sure your plumbing is up to date can assure your home will be maintenance and repair free from a lot of issues that arise from faulty plumbing. Make sure to inspect sewer lines before purchasing properties. Bad sewer and water lines require major exspenses and paying an inspection can protect you or save you from a major headache down the road. Talk to your insurance company and make see if your policy covers water and sewer lines. Some flooding from these issues are not covered under a standard policy and some types of plumbing make your premiums higher such as Polybutylene.
7. HVAC and Gas Lines - If you have an older unit it's good to have your HVAC, Water Heaters, Boilers or any system inspected and repaired by a qualified technician. Gas line leaks lead to fires and HVAC and other systems can create Carbon Monoxide in the home. Changing filters every 3-6 months, and the ducts cleaned can improve the efficiency and lower your costs.
8. Toxic Materials - Some issues we face are out of site and we don't see the daily dangers of our homes. Having your home or apartment tested for lead, asbestos, mold and radiation can protect you from major medical bills down the road. Protect your health, if you feel dizzy or feel different when living in your home than when you are outside in fresh air, make sure to get the house tested. Check your Renters Policy and make sure mold and toxic issues are covered by the property management. Some require the renter to pay the inspection.
9. Pest Control - Pest are a major issue that a lot of homeowners face. Termites, carpenter ants, moles, bats, mice, roaches...we all have experienced at least one of these. Termites and Carpenter ants can lead to major wood rot and damage.
10. Doors and Windows - If your A/C is constantly running or you can feel drafts inside your home, you may be throwing money out the window, literally. Some simple repairs that can help your home be more energy efficient are; caulking around windows, trim, siding and doors. Update the weather stripping on garage doors, exterior doors and windows and adding insulation to the attic and the walls.
Always consult with a licensed and qualified technician for inspections, advice and repairs and always make sure to have any major work inspected and done to code before signing off on the project.