Household Disasters: Head off These Home Problems Early or Pay the Price
Just like a car, homes need preventative maintenance. Ignoring periodic preventative maintenance on these four home systems can result in paying the price for an entire system failure.
Yes, a roof is a system. It’s just not a mechanical system. What all home roofs have in common is that they all have layers that work in conjunction with each other as a system. Of course, the outer layer is your primary concern because it keeps your home air and water tight. Shingles don’t last forever, though. Even a new roof can get damaged by the elements. That’s when it leaks. Leaks damage ceilings, walls, floors and any personal property on the floor. Get on a ladder twice a year and give your shingles an inspection. Look for wet spots in the attic on the plywood beneath the shingles. Replace any damaged shingles.
Every house has drains. Midwestern Plumbing Service Inc. in Cincinnati tells us that hair, soap, grease and toilet tissue are the primary causes of clogged drains. Kids will drop anything down a drain or toilet too. Household drain cleaners can be dangerous, particularly for kids. They’re only a temporary fix as well. The problem will only get worse, and when it migrates to your sewer line, you could be in for digging and sewer repair price shock. You might want a plumber to come in once a year for drain cleaning.
Most homes are brick or aluminum-sided now. That doesn’t mean that your trim doesn’t need paint though. Paint seals wood from the elements. When the trim around a picture window rots out, you’re sending energy money outside of your house and allowing the elements inside to damage floors, ceilings and walls. High quality paint isn’t terribly expensive. Some caulk and good exterior paint seals your home. Well-painted trim and an inviting front door add to curb appeal too.
Dirt and grime are the first to attack a heating and air conditioning system. Changing filters is cheap, easy, and you can do it yourself. Regular professional HVAC maintenance prevents malfunctioning in the future, adds to the longevity of your system, and also saves you money on energy bills. Energystar.gov gives you a great HVAC maintenance checklist. Always make sure your carbon monoxide detectors are functioning too.
Periodic home maintenance is inexpensive. Cost of repairs for ignoring periodic home maintenance is exponentially higher. Don’t ignore it.