It can be easy during a global pandemic to forget about things which seem less important. Pandemic depression is common and normal, and can be exceptionally possible to have your household fall into a stupor. But when inaction seems to be the only action, your household can also fall into a bit of disarray. But, taking care of home repairs which are needed quickly can save money and time later on. Even when you need to get help to do them, some things are essential.

Keep Your Home Clean

The exterior of your home needs to be cleaned and washed every few years, and chances are, it’s time. Generally every three to five years is good for pressure washing, but in some climates more frequently is desirable. This causes your home to generally look more beautiful, of course, but also gives the opportunity to take a good look under the dirt and make sure nothing else needs doing. Dirt, grime, or growing leaves can cover problems in siding, deterioration in edging wood, or other problems which need repair. It also gives a beautiful facelift to your home and asphalt, decking and siding. It gives a good basis for other repairs and work as well.

Prevent Structural Issues

There are lots of structural issues which look benign…until they don’t. If you see tiny holes around a doorframe, for instance, or “mud tubes” around a foundation, it’s important to immediately search for damage from termites. Likewise, if you see blistering in paint or siding, it can mean there is a water leak someplace. Doors and windows which used to easily close and now stick can indicate foundational issues as well. All structural issues need to be taken care of in order to make sure that your home stays a safe haven for your family.

Stop Water Damage

You want to be able to find and diagnose water damage. Keeping your home clean and searching out structural issues can help you with this, as you’ve ruled out other complications. If you have water damage left over from former problems, you need to look for new problems as well. A new ceiling spot which shows up, or buckling in paint, can mean there is a new problem which needs immediate dealing with. Trust your gut and your nose: seeing powder mold, or smelling musty odor in a closet or other location means you need to get a check done. Some molds are benign, but others are dangerous, and all are indicative that there is water where it’s not supposed to be.

Fixing Damaged Pavement

As strange as it might seem, pavement can get sunburnt, too! Sealcoating your paving can protect it from UV rays. Generally pavements need to be seal coated after pressure washing, every one to three years. This can protect them from small cracks becoming larger, and also from general pitting.

Septic System

If you have a septic tank, you know you need a periodic clean out, but as it’s generally years and years until this needs to happen, it can be easy to overlook. Nobody wants a squishy, cracked place over their septic tank, though, so those checks are important to do. It can be easy to schedule if you give yourself reminders on a digital calendar, five years in the future. You don’t want water backing into the house, or in the yard! If you have a well system as well, a cracked or broken septic system can drain grey water and sewage into your water supply, contaminating it as well. Whether your well is used for house water or garden water, this is important: you don’t want your tomatoes contaminated, either!

Water Heater

If your home is like many, your water heater is out of sight and out of mind. Whether that means in the garage, under your home, or in a basement, it’s important to realize that a damaged water heater can cause a world of problems. Besides the inconvenience of not having a nice hot shower when you expect one, a broken water heater can leak a huge volume of water before you know it. It’s important to do periodic checks, and if you notice anything out of the ordinary, have a professional come in to inspect and repair it. A burst or leaking water heater can damage not only your flooring and underflooring, but, depending upon location, can also possibly destroy your home’s foundation if left to leak in a basement or other unseen area.

Washing Machine

It comes as a big surprise to many that they need to check their washing machine hoses, but one of the most common insurance claims surrounds that particular problem. If you think about how many gallons of water your washing machine uses in order to wash clothes, you’ll realize why a burst hose can cause a world of issues! If your washer hose is made of rubber, you’re living on borrowed time! Upgrade to a steel wire wrapped hose, which costs very little to replace, and then check it periodically to make sure it’s not bulging. A bulging hose means it’s about to break. A broken hose can not only ruin your day, but your basement or kitchen, and cause a repair that will include flooring, underflooring, even cabinet replacement and other major problems! So, a quick replacement and check is a great option in advance, to make sure your washer won’t have future issues or leaks.

Your home is an investment that you want to be able to enjoy for decades to come. Protecting it is your primary concern, both to safeguard the money investment you have made in your home, and to protect your family from the frustration of emergency repairs. The danger of minor repairs and structural issues becoming much larger and possibly dangerous, besides being unsightly, is a real one. Your goal as a family is to protect your home as best you can, so that your home can continue to protect you for years to come.

 

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