Tips to Avoid Costly Home Repairs
You’ve worked hard for your home and regular maintenance is a key part of protecting your hard-earned investment. Paying attention to early warning signs and maintaining the overall health of your home can help prevent costly repairs in the future. Here are a few tips to help you get started on saving thousands of dollars in potential repairs in the future:
Basement - Trouble signs of water damage and mold in basement areas include: moisture, odors, bowed walls or peeling paint. Regularly clean any downspouts and if your home comes equipped with a sump pump, make sure to regularly check that it’s working properly. It may be wise to invest in a battery-powered back-up for your sump pump, which could avoid costly water damage repairs in the future.
Roof/Attic - If you notice any water leaking into your home from the outside, you should address it immediately. Look for missing or broken shingles, bowing on the roof or any stains on your ceilings or walls. Water leaks can cause rot, mold, mildew and even electrical shorts, resulting in a substantial amount for repairs. If you inspect your roof and attic every 6 months or so, you may be able to get ahead of most issues.
Gutters - No one wants to deal with standing water in their basement. It’s important to clean your gutters at least twice a year to prevent water spilling over during rainstorms and pooling around your home’s foundation. Having a professional clean out your gutters usually costs less than $100, but replacing the foundation of your home or having to repair your basement could run you tens of thousands of dollars.
Bathrooms - If you notice any water in your bathrooms where it shouldn’t be, make sure to act fast! Dripping faucets, running toilets or stains on ceilings below bathrooms are some of the biggest warning signs. To get ahead of the issue, make certain all pipe connections are tightened and replace any faulty pipes you come across. You can also find any hidden leaks by wrapping toilet paper around pipes to find wet spots. Replacing one drain pipe ($10-20) could not only save you the expense of replacing walls and ceilings, but it could also prevent you from wasting thousands of gallons of water a year!
These are just a few home maintenance tips to get you started. Other areas to regularly inspect and maintain include the laundry room, HVAC system, fireplaces, electrical systems, sewer and septic tanks and interior walls. Maintaining your home with preventative maintenance will not only save you in costly repairs, but will also save you the headache of dealing with issues later down the road.