Being a homeowner is one of the greatest feelings in the world, but it also comes with its fair share of responsibilities. Namely, having your own place is great and all, but you need to maintain it, fix it up as often as possible, work on it properly. For this reason, you should have regular maintenance checklists. There are certain things you need to do on a weekly, monthly, and yearly basis. Today we will be dealing with the annual maintenance work needed to keep your home in tip-top shape. Get a pair of gloves, a notepad, a pen, and a flashlight, and get to work.
First, check for any structural issues. Inspect your railings and staircases, see if they feel wobbly. Check underneath your stairs and see if there are any signs of rot or damage. Check the tiles and grout around your tub, and in general around your bathroom. Damaged and cracked caulk can lead to water seeping into places it really shouldn’t. This can lead to much more serious problems,
Inspect your foundation as well. Any large hairline cracks around your house, and take photos from time to time. If you notice these becoming larger and larger, you should think about calling an inspector. The same goes for asphalt, especially if it has already started to get loose.
Your deck and porch will require more regular maintenance, then just once per year. Still, have one yearly inspection that is much more thorough than the rest of them. Is there any termite damage? Are there any loose boards, or any signs of it sinking?
Rot, mildew, and water damage, and rust
First of all, check for mildew. Look at your walls and ceiling, and search for dark stains and spots. These can come about from a poor ventilation system installed in your home. These spots have a kind of black, dark blue or purple blotchy shade. While you’re at it, inspect your walls and ceilings for dark, brown rings – these are often a sign of water leaking either from a pipe, or a leaky roof.
Check your attic for these signs as well. Any water damage caused by a leaky roof is much more apparent. While there may not be any spots or mildew there, that doesn’t mean you’re done. Check the wood, see if it’s soft and malleable. If it is, it means that it started to rot, and that it needs to be replaced quickly. Once you’re done with the attic, go to the basement. There you have the greatest chance of mold occurring, especially if you don’t have the best ventilation system installed there. Check for any moisture or flooding.
Did you notice any signs of rust perhaps? Check your plumbing and water pipes for corrosion or rust. But, don’t just stop there – check out your service panels. If these have rust on them, you need to call an electrician immediately. Rust on service panels can lead to short circuits, and are, obviously, very dangerous.
This all can be handled in a couple of ways, depending on the cause. Most likely it’s a matter of poor ventilation. However, serious water damage may have been caused by a burst pipe. Whichever one of these is the problem, unless you have actual professional experience, you should contact the professionals to deal with it. If you need plumbing work done, contact a good company, like Tallis Plumbing for example, instead of doing it yourself. You’ll do more harm than good when working on bigger projects. The same goes for installing a new ventilation system.
The top of your house
First of all, check your gutters and downspouts. Any cracks, clogs, any kind of damage that may be apparent on any section. If remained unchecked, water can run along the walls here, and leak into your home and into the foundation.
Next, check the actual roof. Are there any shingles, or plates are loose or broken? What about branches form a large tree laying on your roof? Replace these as soon as possible, and get a professional to trim any problematic trees. Next, check your chimney. Anything that may be blocking your chimney can cause serious issues later on. Birds’ nests, fallen leaves, any damage to the brick and mortar around your chimney, these can lead to a lot of trouble. Check the flashings as well. Just remember to always be careful, get a good ladder, and never try to inspect your roof if you’re not feeling one hundred percent.
You need to perform regular, yearly home maintenance checks. If you don’t, any issues that are present here can, and will, snowball into something much worse. Be thorough, and leave no stone unturned. Mildew and mold can cause respiratory diseases in any home’s inhabitants. Rust can lead to pipes bursting, and stairs crumbling. Wood rot presents a serious tripping hazard, and a leaky roof means a leaky home.