Your house is your castle. You didn’t purchase it just to let it fall into ruin. It’s important that you keep it in good condition and prevent long-term damage. Regular maintenance can go a long way towards prevention. What things should you be paying attention to?
Keep Your Home Dry
You’ve seen the Grand Canyon, right? Pictures at least, anyway. Water is what made it as deep as it is. Water can do a great deal of damage over time, so it’s important you keep your home dry. This means paying attention to your house’s exterior. Your roof is your first line of defense against rainwater, so it’s important to make sure it’s in good condition and not worn or moldy. Clean your gutters on a regular basis to encourage water to flow away from your home instead of spilling over and right by your home’s foundation.
Speaking of your home’s foundation, making sure your foundation is in good repair is essential to preventing long-term property damage. Your foundation is what keeps your house stable and structurally sound. If you find that your foundation has been damaged, fixing it needs to be a priority. Depending on the type of damage and how extensive it is, just patching a crack on the outside may not be adequate. You may need to do a foundation lift or some piering, depending on which method works best for your situation. If your foundation needs extra help supporting your house, post-tension cables may be used. Post-tension cables under your foundation help keep it secure. They also help take some of the load of your house off the foundation to both better support your house and prevent further foundation damage.
Regular Plumbing Maintenance
Remember how we talked about protecting your house from water? Well, it’s not just water from the sky you need to be concerned about. Regular plumbing maintenance is important to the wellbeing of your house. It’s not really difficult to do, either. Some maintenance is as simple as making sure things that aren’t supposed to go down a drain don’t go down it. This means not flushing anything except toilet paper and human waste down the toilet, even if it says it’s flushable. Flushable only means it will exit the toilet. It doesn’t mean it will break down or leave the pipes.
Doing regular maintenance of all sorts on your home is important for the prevention of long-term damage. Keep an eye out for water damage on your home’s exterior. Pay special attention to the foundation. And make sure your plumbing is maintained regularly.
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