The Yearly Home Checkups Everyone Forgets

The home is our hardy protection from the environment outside. But every homeowner should be well-aware that wear and tear will always play its inexorable role. You should always be well-prepared for the issues this brings and the fixes you have to fork out for in the future. But, without making semi-regular checks of some of the big issues in the home, you’ll be forking out for those fixes a lot more often than you would like. Here are three of the biggest checks you should make of the home every year.

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The barriers of the home

When you feel a draft in the home, your first thought is to check if any windows or doors are ajar. But if they aren’t, you need a closer look. Air leaks caused by gaps in windows or otherwise can result in big heating bills. But if those problems are up on the roof, then you can be looking at something much more serious. Warped, cracked, or missing tiles don’t just let the heat of summer and the cold of winter in. They also let in the rain. When it comes from above, damp gets a lot of time to settle into the attic and the insulation, rotting them away before you see physical signs of mold. That’s why you should inspect the roof at least once a year, in particular before the rainy seasons start again.

Mastering your climate

Having a furnace on the blink or ill-maintained air conditioning is also going to make your climate control more inefficient and costly. But neglecting them can get a lot more serious. Moisture and dust build in air conditioners, contributing to poor air quality and even the chance of Legionella building up in some older models. When getting a furnace installation, make sure you’re getting it with someone who provides further checks down the line, as well. The furnace can be one of the most dangerous parts of the home if not looked after. There’s a very real risk of fires breaking out and the more insidious risk of carbon monoxide spreading. If you have a furnace, make sure you also have CO detectors in the home.

If your plumbing ain’t broke, fix it anyway

When it comes to plumbing, you really don’t want to wait until it needs fixing. You should be checking the pipes to head off any problems at the pass. High water pressure isn’t immediately noticeable, but it can cause irreparable damage to faucets and pipes and even burst them in some cases. For that reason, find or install a pressure gauge and control valve to make sure that doesn’t happen. Similarly, if your water is too hot, get it fixed as soon as you can. Overly hot water causes issues like the rubber washers in faucets breaking down, which then leads to drips and even an inability to turn a faucet completely.

Spreading mold, water damage, even risks of fire and carbon monoxide poisoning. Any one of those reasons should be enough to keep a close eye on three of the most sensitive parts of the home. You’ll regret it if you forget it.

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