Home Maintenance You Should Never Put Off
Home maintenance and repairs can be time-consuming, expensive, and boring, so it’s easy to decide some problems can be safely ignored until you feel like getting round to sorting them out. Unfortunately, by putting off these repairs, the problems can get worse, making them more difficult and expensive to put right. Here are the home maintenance tasks that you should never put off.
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A small crack in any kind of concrete can very quickly turn into a large crack, which can lead to a potentially dangerous problem, especially in the Winter. If water gets into a crack like this, it can freeze and expand, widening the crack and compromising the structural integrity of the whole section of concrete. You can repairs cracks with a quick-setting filler or a mortar mix in order to prolong the life of the steps, walkways, and patios, and to stop a small gap landing you with a big repair bill.
Never neglect your guttering. If it isn’t properly maintained, this vital drainage can cause a lot of trouble during the winter, leading to damage from water or ice. If you notice your gutters or downspouts are full of leaves or aren’t draining as they should, give them a good clean. While you’re cleaning, check for any gutter repair that you need. Is the guttering firmly fixed to the house? Do the downspouts drain away from the foundation? These steps might take up your afternoon, a few hours of work is worth it if it prevents you from having to make expensive repairs later on.
Loose or wobbly railings along your decking, porch, or steps are a sign that there is a weak connection somewhere between one or more of the posts and the frame. This is easy to fix. All you need to do is tighten up the screws or lag bolts in any place that doesn’t feel sturdy. Don’t ignore a wobbly railing. Eventually, the loose rail will give way, leaving you with a broken section of railing, which can be dangerous. It will also be a lot more expensive and time-consuming to repair than just tightening the connections.
If you notice a water spot on your ceiling, don’t ignore it. While it’s clear that you might have a leak somewhere, the cause is not always easy to spot. You might be dealing with a much bigger problem than a loose roof tile or a build-up of condensation. It’s a good idea to bring in a roofing contractor as soon as you spot a potential problem so you can get a clear idea of what is going on, instead of ignoring it or trying to find the root of the issues yourself.
Asphalt is porous, so it’s very important to seal your driveway as soon as you see signs of wear. This prevents damage from rain, snow, ice, sunlight, or drips of oil. If waters get into the asphalt and freezes, it will cause more and wider cracks in the surface. This seepage can also saturate the soil underneath, causing it to shift over time and damage the driveway.
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