Whether it’s spring, summer, fall, or winter, it’s important to take the necessary steps to keep your home standing tall every day. Home maintenance is crucial because it saves the homeowner money, keeps your home running efficiently, and it has the potential of increasing property value.
It’s always important to make sure that the gutters on your roof are cleared, but it’s especially necessary during the autumn months. During this time, trees begin to change and leaves begin to fall, which means your gutters can easily become clogged. If this happens, it could prevent rainwater from properly draining and may even result in damage. It’s also important to check your gutters throughout the year for a buildup of ice, dirt, and other elements that may create a blockage.
If your roof has shingles, you probably already know that spring is the best time to check for damage. After the winter is over, it’s important to check your roof for any damage that may have resulted from heavy snow and/or a buildup of ice. In addition, it’s essential that you check for damaged shingles after a storm. If you notice one or more that needs repair or replacing, choose a day with no rain in the forecast. Otherwise, you will be dealing with a roof repair on a slippery surface. This leads to this next home maintenance tip...
If you suspect a leak but aren’t quite sure what to look for, you’re not alone. Although some signs, such as water spots on the wall, ceiling, or floor, are obvious, not every indication is that clear. Possible signs that you may have a leak include a weak floor or damp carpet. If you detect either of these warning signs, consult a professional roofing expert to help find the problem and correct it as quickly as possible. If left untreated, a roof leak could damage the structure of the home by weakening the frame or, in some cases, even creating a problem with mold and moisture buildup.
It’s important to maintain both your heating and cooling units to ensure their longevity. One way of doing this is to replace filters annually or earlier if needed. This not only helps to keep your home’s air cleaner, but it also protects your heating or cooling unit from malfunctioning due to improper filter maintenance.
It’s important to check your smoke detectors regularly to ensure that they are working properly and ready to alert your family if needed. Always make sure that the batteries in each unit are working and replaced on a regular basis.
Homeownership requires a lot more responsibility than renting. If something breaks it's in the owner's hands to fix it. The good news is every dollar you spend on preventative maintenance you save money in future repairs. Keeping up with routine maintenance, like things listed above, keeps your home running efficiently. Whenever you decide to put your home up for sale the home inspection would probably go a lot smoother.
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