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Buying a home is only the first step to being a homeowner. Over the course of your ownership of that property, you will need to perform home maintenance and repair work on a routine basis. Doing so can help to preserve the structure of your home and its systems. It can also protect your family and help you avoid unneeded expenses. There are certain components of your home that require your attention. Below is a short list of some of the common home issues you must try to avoid.
One of the most serious home issues can be caused by the failure to perform a simple chore each Autumn. That, of course, is cleaning out your gutters. Over the course of the year, gutters can get filled up with leaves, dirt, twigs, nuts and gunk. This is especially the case during the fall when dead leaves fall from trees. When your gutters get clogged, they lose their ability to provide safe passage for water off of your roof and away from your house as that liquid goes from the gutters to your downspouts. This can present the possibility of water damage inside your house if that water has nowhere else to go. This is especially the case during the winter when snow on top of your roof begins to melt. While no one enjoys cleaning out gutters, it’s something you must do as a responsible homeowner.
Another very serious issue is when the foundation of a home begins to shift from underneath it. It may, in fact, be on course to fail entirely. This can put the entire structure of the home at risk. You may detect a failing foundation through different signs such as new cracks appearing in walls, sticking doors or suddenly uneven floors. You may be wondering what are the causes of foundation failure and how do I avoid the same problem for my own home? There can actually be many different causes. A few common sources of foundation failure include moisture damage from broken pipes, improper drainage around the home, incorrect soil grading and damage caused by the roots of large trees. Whatever the case, repairing a foundation is not something you should attempt on your own. Instead, hire professionals for the job.
If your basement feels and smells musty, you probably have a serious problem developing. This damp environment in your basement can eventually lead to the growth of mold and mildew. That can present serious health threats to your family. It could also threaten the entire structure and value of your home. A common source of this problem is yard grading. If the soil of your yard is not graded properly, it could mean water will not flow away from your home as it should. Instead, a lot of that moisture can end up in your basement. The lack of properly installed gutters and downspouts can cause the same problem. Overall, your basement should always remain dry and moisture free. Keep in mind that severe mold infestations could conceivably cause damage in the range of tens of thousands of dollars.
Missing Roof Shingles
Another common issue many homeowners face is damaged roofing. If you have asphalt shingles on your roof, those shingles will not last forever. About every 20 years, you’re probably going to need to replace them. When the time comes, it may become obvious. A strong wind storm may strip some of the shingles off. If it’s one or two shingles that end up missing, you can probably do the repair work on your own. However, if many shingles come off, it will probably not be long before the rest do as well. At that point, paying to have new shingles or some other form of roofing installed is probably the best course of action. If you don’t act quickly to repair roofing, it can result in some serious problems. Without that protection, water damage inside your attic is almost assured. That damage can help to rot wood and grow dangerous mold. It’s simply not worth the risk.
Pests in Your Yard
Depending on where you live, pests can become a real issue especially in the spring and summer months. There are a few different ways you can address this problem. You can start with contacting a professional who can spray and keep bugs, rats, or mice away. Another option is investing in a fence to keep larger pests or people out of your yard. A nice and high-quality fence is also a great idea because it can add value to your home. Try to pick something that matches the style of your home. If you aren’t sure where to start, you can always contact a home designer expert who can guide you in the right direction. Make sure it is something that you love, as you will most likely be seeing every day as you come and go from your home.
Squeaky Doors and Windows
As your home gets older, it is likely that you will start to hear squeaks when you open and close doors and windows in your home. You can easily fix this with WD-40 which can be found at most larger grocery or home stores in your area. If you are still having issues, you might have to replace your door or windows. This can be beneficial in other ways though, as you will likely save money in the long-run from less hot or cool air escaping. If you aren’t sure which steps to take, contact a professional in your area.
Poor Cooling or Heating
If you are noticing that it is difficult to cool or heat your home throughout the year, it may be time to replace your HVAC before it completely breaks down. The last thing you want to have is heating problems in the winter or cooling problems in the summer. Save yourself the stress and replace it sooner rather than later. Another reason to do it sooner is because HVAC companies can get busy in the middle of summer or winter. Even if they have the parts that you need, you might have to wait days or weeks before they are able to actually fix your HVAC system. This can be very frustrating and make create a very uncomfortable home environment. You and your family might not be able to stay in your home until it is fixed. This can cost you financially as you will have to find a place to stay for the days or weeks until it is able to be fixed. You will thank yourself in the future on an extra hot or cold day throughout the year. This will be a very beneficial step in creating a comfortable environment in your home.
These, of course, are only a few of the major home problems you are likely to encounter. Overall, you need to pay attention to the different components and systems of your house. If you detect problems developing, fix them immediately. Also perform maintenance, such as cleaning out your gutters, as needed to protect your home. Doing so can help you avoid the need for costly repair work and preserve the value of your home over time.