With a limited number of hours in each day, it can be hard to fit routine home maintenance tasks into your hectic schedule. However, there are some chores that simply shouldn’t be delayed. Here are a few maintenance jobs that can quickly grow into large repair bills if not addressed early on.
Fix Leaky Faucets
Small leaks in your plumbing will eventually cause costly water damage. Take a few minutes to learn why the faucet is dripping or leaking and make any needed repairs swiftly. You may simply need to replace a washer or rewrap the pipe threads with Teflon tape. Even if the whole faucet or drain needs to be replaced, it is still better than renovating the bathroom because the leak damaged the cabinets and flooring.
Gutter Cleaning is One of the Most Essential Home Maintenance Tasks
Inspect your gutters seasonally and remove any debris that has built up. Even in cases where screening or gutter-guard materials have been installed, you will need to make sure nothing is clogging the holes or trapped on top of it. Clogged gutters can damage the house’s fascia, roofing, siding, and foundation. Check for any soft wood or peeling paint along the gutter line to detect damage early.
Downspouts are important, too. Make sure water can flow freely through them and that they are directed away from the foundation. While not a fun job, tackling these home maintenance tasks keeps water from seeping into and damaging your home.
Inspect Exterior Siding
Whether you have vinyl, wood, or masonry siding on your home, inspect it regularly to look for cracks, chips, or missing pieces. If it is painted, a good coat of paint with no peeling or flaking will keep moisture from getting into the underlying structure. Repair any siding damage and have any old paint removed. Repaint the siding to avoid costly repairs down the line.
Seal Wood Decking
A wood deck is a great place for your family and friends to gather on nice days. It can also become an eyesore if left untreated. Worse, rotting wood may attract destructive insects like termites to your home. Seal your deck’s wood surfaces with paint, stain or waterproofing to prevent damage from the elements.
Maintain Pest Control
Speaking of wood-destroying insects, perform a routine inspection for any signs that they may be infesting your house. Look for damaged wood, mud tunnels, or small piles of wood shavings in and around the foundation. Use preventative measures to make sure they don’t access your home.
Check These Home Maintenance Tasks off Your List
Don’t let minor issues become expensive major repairs. Take a few minutes every month to do a quick visual inspection and address any needed home maintenance tasks. Attending to these small jobs will help you stop problems while they are still manageable.
Appalachian Inspection Services offers home maintenance inspections to Western North Carolina. An inspection can help you determine what areas of your home need attention. Contact us to request our services.