According to inspector Jeff Del Guercio, owner of An Objective Inspection in Throop, Pa., and President of the local chapter of the National Association of Home Inspectors, "Water is probably the single most destructive force to a house. And a leak can go on for a long time without being noticed."
Owning a house can be a great feeling, but its maintenance should not take a backseat. There are some home repairs which should not be delayed because, later on, it might require 5 times more money to fix it. A delay in repair may even cause accidents and other health concerns. So, let us take a look at some home repairs which one should never ignore.
If you live in an area where it snows, check for the siding, as the ice can enter in through broken tiles, and may even start damming there. Carelessness in handling the roof of the house may result in lot of other problems like moisture, fungal growth, low efficiency of the heating or cooling system, etc.
Prolonged moisture may rot the wood, and may harm the foundation. These problems need to be addressed immediately in order to protect the house from the harmful effects of mold and fungus. To avoid collection of moisture on the wall, find out the cause behind it, and then get it fixed. Then let the wall dry completely, and paint it again.
Exterior paints are specially made to protect the house from the harsh weather conditions. But if it starts peeling off, it means you need to take immediate action, as moisture may enter the wood or the wall, and may harm it.
You can also measure the crack, if the crack is wider than 3/16th of an inch, then it is a matter of concern. Consult a structural engineer, and rectify the problem before it gets worse.
If you observe mold growth in a small area, then you can clean it yourself with the help of a solution of 1 cup chlorine bleach per gallon of water. It will result in pH imbalance which will further kill the mold. But if it is a big patch, then you might need help from an expert.
Clean the chimney, as it can catch fire if not cleaned properly. Never burn trash like cardboard, wrapping paper, etc., as it may harm the chimney. Burn seasoned wood, and light small fires rather than big, smoky ones.
Annual HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) Inspection
It is very important to check the heating system, air conditioning, and ventilation on a regular basis. It is necessary to clean these appliances before use, and should be properly maintained. This will not only increase the life of the appliance, but will also increase their efficiency.
If the appliance is not heating or cooling properly, then call a technician, and get the problem fixed before it further harms other parts of the appliance. Also, check for air leakage and insulation.
Soaring Energy Bills
If your energy consumption shoots up suddenly, then it could indicate a problem with your HVAC. Inspect for insulation and efficiency of the appliances. If there is any decrease in the efficiency, then contact an expert or technician to fix the problem.
Other Unavoidable Issues
- Check fire and smoke alarms on a regular basis, and replace if required.
- Check for problems in the water heater, fridge, TV, washing machine, and other appliances.
- Unblock all the sewage and gutter pipes in the house. A constantly wet foundation may indicate leakage or damage in the system.
- Replace flickering light bulbs.
- Inspect cooking gas connectors and pipes regularly.
Make sure the maintenance work of the house is done in time. By this, you can maintain your safety, and can also save a lot of money. Ignoring vital things about home maintenance is not acceptable even by housing insurance companies.