A home is the most expensive purchase most people make. Even if your home is decades old, you still feel pride of ownership and want to do all you can to preserve its structural and resale value. For a home you can enjoy for many more decades to come, take the time to address important repairs as soon as they're needed.
1. Mold and Leaks
Home leaks and mold often go hand in hand and can come from plumbing or drain pipes as well as the roof. Watch for signs of leakage such as interior wall staining or drips from your ceilings. If you notice a moldy smell in your home, this is also a red flag. Locate and seal any and all leaks right away and repair or replace any pipes as needed. (Consult a professional plumber for major plumbing problems.) Clean up any mold and mildew you find with a solution of bleach and water.
2. Your Home's Protective Cover
Your home's roof is its crowning glory, protecting it from water damage and resultant structural issues. Inspect your roof on a regular basis for any signs of rot, cracking shingles, or roof components that are missing entirely. Take care of small repairs yourself, but if you spot significant damage, consult a roofing contractor such as Pyramid Roofing Inc for maintenance or a possible full roof replacement.
3. A Foundational Issue
Foundation settling or visible cracks can compromise a home's overall structure, stability and ultimately its resale value. Inspect your exterior perimeter regularly for a sunken look or any visible cracks. If a crack is more than just a hairline, you might require expert foundation repair. Watch for changes in the alignment of doors or windows; if they aren't tracking properly, foundational settling could be at play.
4. Exterior Drainage Issues
Take steps to make sure your gutters are clean and clear of debris so that water can drain away from your roof and home. Route downspouts far away from your home's foundation, and watch your yard for signs of underground pipe clogs. Standing puddles and soggy turf near your home are red flags.
5. Sewage Lines
Regular shower or toilet backups could indicate sewer line issues. While some can be repaired, others may require a whole sewer line replacement. Get a sewer line video scope every few years to spot problems early.
Your older home may be full of charm, but older-home issues are anything but charming. Stay on top of these five key repairs, and you'll maximize your chances of enjoying your home for many years to come.