Major repairs always seem to creep up on us when we least expect it. Before you know it, something gives out at the worst possible time and can cost a fortune to fix or replace. The good news is that is doesn’t have to get to that point.
“Out of sight, out of mind” applies to things that we should do, but it never crosses our minds until it is too late. Here are some crucial home maintenance tasks that we can’t afford to miss (literally). Instead of letting it happen to you, tackle these chores and take control by being on top of your game.
You would think that we would take care of the essential part of our house. Unfortunately, homeowners don’t pay any attention to it until there are signs of problems such as leaks or missing shingles. According to Dominion Roofing, there are three other vital components of the roofing system that needs to be checked periodically: soffits, fascia, and eavestroughs.
After installation, the roof should be inspected by a professional in 10 years, and then every few years afterward. By yourself, you can also do a quick search for any weak spots or minor repairs before they become more severe.
All home appliances that have coils and vents are easy to forget but can cause the apparatus to break down. This fact holds especially true for heating/AC devices – they tend to stop working when you most need it.
When coils and vents accumulate dust, cobwebs, and debris, it causes the appliances to work harder. That uses more energy and shortens their lifespan until it stops functioning altogether. Clogged vents are particularly dangerous – a backed up dryer vent could start a fire.
Sump pumps are your ultimate defense against water damage in your basement, crawl space, or overall foundation. If you forget to test your sump pump, the flood that it will cause when you return from the weekend will remind you. Neglecting your water sump can lead to an array of other damages, such as wood rot, mold, and rust.
It helps if your pump has a vertical float switch or if you have an automated water leak detection device. Test it by dumping water into it to make sure everything is in order. The sump pump should be checked twice a year, and the best times to do it are before seasons of heavy rain in your region.
As easy as it is to check for high water pressure, it is often overlooked. High water pressure can harm pipes, connections, and appliances. Pressure-reducing valves and gauges are usually located near the main water shutoff. It can be attached to a laundry faucet or another water source in your home.
If your pressure-reducing valve isn’t working, switching it out can make a world of difference. Checking the water pressure can also avoid wasting water, or eliminate the risk of water hammer.
We use windows every day, but it needs a lot more than regular cleaning. When window wells of the basement are neglected, the water cannot drain. The water level can cause the window to break due to the pressure. Most insurance policies do not cover floods, so keep those window wells clean with a cover from your local home center.
Sliding windows have weep holes located in the exterior lower frame. Weep holes are made to drain water from the window track. If it gets clogged with bugs or dirt, it can no longer keep rainwater outside of your house. Clear the weep holes using a wire or compressed air. Replace the flapper if it is completely stuck.
Not only will keeping your garage in check expand its lifespan, but it will also keep everyone safe while it is in use. Garage door springs are prone to metal fatigue and corrosion, so they should be lubricated once a year to expand their use. Don’t forget to lube the rollers, hinges, and track as well.
Then, check the garage door balance by manually opening it halfway and letting go: it should remain halfway. If the door falls, the tension needs to be increased. However, if the door rises back up, the spring has too much resistance, and it is making the garage door work more than it should.
Maintaining your home will give you a better sense of what and when things need to be replaced, if at all. Even if you are unable to avoid a large, expensive repair, it will help you when you have to call your home insurance. Not neglecting parts of your home can save you hundreds down the line.