When the weather begins to warm up, many homeowners turn their attention to important home maintenance projects.
There are some minor services that can generally be put off for a few months, but here is a look at four maintenance and repair projects that should never be ignored.
Over time, almost everyone will notice at least a few cracks throughout their home, but it is important to know when these cracks are problematic and when they may be nothing more than a cosmetic issue.
One simple test is to take a pencil throughout the home a few times a year and see if it can slide into any cracks. If the crack is big enough to slide the pencil in, then it is now structural damage and not a cosmetic problem.
Any kind of rat, mouse, or insect infestation can become a major headache for homeowners when the cold winter months are over. These pests can carry everything from rabies to bird flu, all while damaging insulation, making holes in walls, eating human food, nesting, and producing offspring.
For these issues, preventative services are always the most efficient, but owners should take a look throughout their house at least once every few weeks as the weather warms up for any signs of pests and insects.
A leaky roof
A roof is generally the most vulnerable area of the home when it comes to water damage, and minor cracks or deterioration could lead to thousands in repairs if not handled immediately.
One simple test is to go into the attic during a sunny day and look for any cracks or holes that allow sunlight through. Residents should also check their rain gutters and around the base of their home for piles of the pebble-like coating that goes on shingles.
Shingles that have become cracked or are curling on the end could also be a sign that the roof needs to be inspected by a professional from United Roofing or a provider near you.
Mildew and mold
Any mold or mildew developing throughout the home most likely means that there is a more severe issue taking place. Some of the most common places to develop mold and mildew include under sinks, behind walls, in crawlspaces, and in the basement.
If there is only minor mold, it may be treatable with over-the-counter chemicals, but finding larger patches of mold in the home typically means that it may be time to contact a plumber or air quality specialist.
When these problems are left unchecked, they can become an ongoing nightmare for homeowners. This is why the warmer months of the year are a great time to catch up on home maintenance in order to prevent future catastrophes.
Latest posts by Anica Oaks (see all)
- Little Haunts: 5 Creative Costume Ideas for Children - September 28, 2016
- Pantry Pro: Food Preservation Tips for Beginners - August 31, 2016
- How a Dry Environment Can Influence Your Health - June 24, 2016