Does Your House Need A Checkup?
Houses are a big responsibility, and can have many issues if they are not taken care of properly. Just like cars a house needs to have a check up now and then in order to be sure it is well. There are areas that can become problematic if they are not taken care of or addressed properly as they come up.
Luckily there are not as many moving parts in a house as there are In a car so the maintenance that is needed is farther between. For instance a yearly check up on the following items can save you a lot of money and make your home safer for your family.
If your home has a laundry room then there is a chance that it has dryer vents located in them. Depending on the location of the laundry room will determine how long those dryer vents are. In some places they merely go from the dryer room directly outside. Some homes have the laundry room in the basement though which means the dryer vent will go through the wall a bit before it leads to the port outside. Think of a dryer vent in your house similar to the dryer vent in your dryer. IT builds up lint, dust, dirt and debris. When your dryer is running it blows excess hot air out through the vent and out of the house. If there is a blockage that hot air can cause a fire at the worst, and at the least it will make your dryer not work well.
Air Conditioning and Heating
Before you turn the air on for the first time during the season you might want to check the dust level in those vents. While they too can become a fire hazard, they also become a breathing hazard. That dust in the vents can trigger allergies in you, your family and your guests. The heating or air conditioning units themselves might need to be checked yearly to be sure they are in proper working condition and that all the wiring is intact. When left unused for a long period of time they can wear out. Look for loose or frayed wires, too much moisture accumulation and mold in these units as they are all signs of potential problems.
We never think of the roof having a problem but depending on your location the gutters that are attached to the roof can cause damage. Be sure and clean them out in the fall before the winter rains hit. After the summer heat dies down is the best time to climb up on the room and take a look at these gutters as well as the roof tiles. If there are any loose roof tiles they could cause leaks and more damage to your home. Also be on the lookout for any cracks or broken spots as they could mean wood damage as well.
Attics and Basements
Having an attic or a basement, even both can be both a blessing and a curse. They are extra space that can be used for a variety of different uses, but they can become problematic if not taken care of. The attic is often the first place that roof leaks could happen and you won’t feel them right away unless you are in the attic often. There is a whole other room above you and not just the roof, so if the roof is leaking it will leak into the attic first. The basement however is a part of the foundation for the home and the plumbing and wiring are an important part of that. If everything is where it is supposed to be you just need to know how often it has been tended to, or in use. While tearing apart walls is not always an option there are things you can look for that are signs of problems. Plumbing will show up with discoloration to the walls, while wiring problems will show in the outlets closest to or in the basement itself. These will show with sparks, burn marks, or sockets not working. They are the most hazardous and need to be professionally taken care of.
Depending on the age of the house when you bought it could determine whether or not you might experience plumbing issues. They will happen eventually but the older the house the more common they could be. Older homes might have more pipes then needed and make noises when the water is turned on. Newer homes are built with thinner and weaker pipes then older ones in order to conserve space, but they are quite durable. They tend to clog a little more, and build up can cause leaks as well. Maintenance on these is rather simple by using the right chemicals in the drains that are safe you can keep your pipes flushed so that you have few if any problems down the line. If the faucets are tough to turn on or it takes cold or hot water a while to turn on or off there are ways a professional can fix those.
If you own a home it is a good idea to have a backup generator. This is great if the power goes out so that you can have light, and keep your food from spoiling. Since they are not used fairly often however you want to make sure you not on remember how to use it, but keep it in working condition as well. Keep it covered in a tarp if possible while stored in a safe place in the garage. Keep fuel near it so you don’t have to go too far to search for it, as that can be a problem when there is no power.
These simple steps are all it takes to keep your house in tip top shape. It doesn’t take long to take care of the maintenance on your home, but if you love you then you will.