Scheduled Home Maintenance
Scheduled Home Maintenance Tips
After a long winter, your home always needs some TLC to keep it in great condition and operating efficiently. Developing a maintenance checklist for your home, one followed by the entire family, will keep mechanical systems functioning longer and more efficiently, spot problem areas, that when fixed early will same a tremendous amount of money later, and provide the family a sense of comfort that all systems are in order. Some of you may remember the Fram Oil Filter commercial on TV? “Pay me Now OR Pay me Later”.
The point of the commercial was by regularly changing the oil filter on your car’s engine the owner reduces the possibility of expensive engine repairs. A $4 filter (prices were lower then) every Two or Three Thousand miles allowed your car’s engine to run more efficiently, with fewer costly repairs.
The same goes for your house. Scheduled home maintenance for your furnace and air conditioner unit allow those two major household units to run longer, run more efficiently and save you money. Oh, don’t forget, the only time a unit breaks down is when it is running. You notice, during the hottest day of the year, that your AC is not working. That makes for a long sleepless night when the technician is backed up and not able to get to your house for one or two days.
Every spring, while clearing the landscape of last year’s leaves and debris, make sure to check your home’s foundation. Two things to look for, cracks in the foundation wall and most important water drainage. Is the soil close to the foundation settling and allowing water to run up to the foundation? If so, act now. Like the oil filter, maintain a drainage system so that rainfall or snowmelt can run away from the foundation and into the soil. When excess water is allowed to move toward the foundation and drain down along the foundation wall, moisture enters through cracks in the foundation and is able to enter the lower level of the house. Over time, the amount of water that enters the basement increases.
Moisture that becomes trapped inside, behind other material, will in time result in the growth of mold, which can cause family health issues and drastically decrease the value of your home. The foundation is also affected by bowed walls and then larger cracks begin to appear, which affects the stability of the home and a huge expense to fix. The cost to stabilize a foundation can run up to $15,000. The cost to clean a mold issue can run $10,000, plus the cost of finishing to make it useable again.
When all is said and done, a routine maintenance checklist will help the home owner keep the family comfortable during all seasons of the year, maintain a safe environment and allow the home’s value to appreciate until that day the family decides a different home is necessary. When that happens, call EXIT ITown to begin the search for buyers and a new home for the family.