Spring into home maintenance
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is an adage that is all wrong for home maintenance. By the time something breaks, you could be in hot water—or without hot water if it happens to be your water heater that breaks.
Waiting until damage to property is so severe that you can no longer ignore it means things only get worse, and it means repairs can only get more expensive. Your home insurance does not cover damage due to lack of maintenance. Your policy covers a number of disasters, but failing to take care of maintenance issues is not covered.
For example, mold issues due to leaking plumbing or neglecting to take necessary steps to eliminate a termite infestation may not be covered by your policy. Since it is spring cleaning season, use this checklist to identify and target areas in need of maintenance.
- Clean out gutters. Clear debris and make sure the downspouts will drain properly. Also ensure that water flows away from the foundation.
- Examine your roof shingles. If you see any that are loose or cracked, get them replaced. Check flashing around vents, chimneys and skylights, too. It’s wise to have your roofer do this type of routine inspection, for safety’s sake and also to prevent small problems from being big ones when rainy season comes.
- Check concrete foundations for cracks or signs of movement. Power wash concrete surfaces and fill any cracks with caulk. Application of a concrete sealer is a good idea as well.
- Inspect exterior wood. If your home has wood trim around windows and doors, tap a screw driver around it to be sure there is no rot.
- Schedule an annual check of your air conditioning unit with a heating/cooling contractor. An annual service call will make the unit run more efficiently. Inside, give air filters a cleaning regularly, usually once a month.
There are more maintenance tips available here. Don’t wait until something breaks. Get ahead of it this spring so you can spend more time enjoying the season.