Professional contractors will tell you that many expensive repair issues could have easily been prevented with regular home maintenance. Some home maintenance is simple and inexpensive and not only helps you keep your family safe but can help you avoid costly repairs later on.
Probably the most important place to start is with your roof. With the spring season comes warmer weather, making it a good time to conduct routine maintenance on your roof. Start by replacing any missing or damaged shingles or tiles. Check for signs of blistering and other signs of wear that could lead to leaks. Clear away all debris from your gutters and pay special attention to any valleys in your roof where moisture and debris can accumulate. Waiting until a leak appears will make the cost of repairs more expensive and the damage can be substantial since a leaking roof can cause water damage to walls, carpeting and furniture. Detecting small problems early on will prevent bigger problems from occurring. Spring is also an ideal time to wash and treat wooden decks. Use a good weatherproofing product, which will help prevent crackling.
One area that homeowners often overlook is the irrigation system. If you have one, begin by checking the sprinkler system for any leaks or non-performing or under-performing parts. A sprinkler head facing the wrong direction, for example, wastes water and does nothing to keep your landscape healthy. Another good maintenance tip is to replace the timer with a more water efficient model.
It is also a good idea to change the filter in your home’s air return and have your heating system checked for any cracks at the same time you have the furnace cleaned. This small step is an important one because it will ensure that your family is safe from any harmful fumes from the furnace and it will also save you money in energy costs.
If you have an air-conditioning system, clean away any debris that has fallen on and around your outdoor system. Have the Freon pressure and overall system checked before the hot weather arrives and before repair costs go up due to a heavy seasonal demand. Checking the system before the summer season will give you ample time to do any needed repairs. It will also likely save you money in repair costs and give you peace of mind that should the sun actually sizzle in Seattle, your family will stay comfortably cool.
Another simple maintenance project that can potentially save thousands of dollars in costly repairs is replacing the caulking around tubs, showers, sinks and toilets. Many homeowners don’t realize that caulking needs to be replaced and caulking that is old and no longer adequately sealing can cause water damage to floors, walls or cabinets. Water can slowly seep undetected, sometimes for years, when homeowners forget this easy preventative step costing thousands of dollars’ worth of damage.
Giving your home a little spring TLC will help you avoid costly repairs and keep your home comfortable and safe.