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Home ownership is a joy, but it also comes with many responsibilities. You need to maintain your home to prevent accidents and increase the value. While upgrades and renovations are valuable, basic maintenance is important to protect the structure. Here are a few things you should check annually to ensure that your home is safe and protected.
Check the Caulk
Caulk is used to seal seams and connections around your home. You know about the caulk that seals the joint between your bathtub and the shower walls. However, it’s also in other areas. Inspect the caulk in the joint between your kitchen counter and the back-splash. At exterior doorways, check around the bottom of the door for caulk. When you find a bead of caulk that’s tearing or pulling out, you’ll want to replace it completely. This simple preventive step prevents water from going where it shouldn’t.
Fix Slow Drains
Slow drains are annoying, and they have a habit of growing worse with time. The slow water encourages the growth of mold and bacteria inside the drains, which can lead to strange odors. It can also result in water overflowing from the fixture if someone lets the water run too long. Using the wrong chemicals can damage your drain. When it comes to sewer repair, you can try to unclog drains using a plunger or a snake. If this doesn’t work, you may want to call the professionals to handle the problem.
Freshen the Colors
Over time, walls get dirty. The problem with dirty walls is that they make the entire house look just as dirty. Don’t wait until you’re selling the house to give everything a fresh coat of paint. In addition to freshening the look, and keeping it clean, painting also forces you to take a close look at the walls. With the furniture moved and walls exposed, problems are uncovered, and can be repaired.
Slow Drips are Dangerous
A sink that’s developed a slow drip can keep you up at night. It can also send your water bill through the roof. Allowed to continue, the slow leak will start to speed up and can turn into a geyser. Rather than waiting for the leaking sink to cause serious damage, address the leaks as soon as you notice them.
Clean the Gutters
The gutters divert water from the house and send it out to the sewer system. If the gutters are filled with dirt and debris, the they cannot function. Water spills over the top and along the side of your house. It can cause the siding and wood trim directly below to rot. As it strikes the ground, it erodes the grading around your foundation. Eventually, water invades your basement or crawlspace. Take the time to clean gutters and inspect them for damage annually.
A clean and maintained home is more pleasant to live in. It also retains its value better than homes that are allowed to decay. Owning a home is truly a joy, but you also need to take the time to keep up with regular maintenance.