9 Home Repairs You Shouldn’t Put Off

While we’re enjoying the summer season, playing in our gardens, grilling and chilling, we must also come to the reality that no matter how much we want for it to, summer will not last forever. Now is the perfect time to start on that to-do list we may have been putting off before the cold months sneak up on us.

Caulking

caulking

Caulk doesn’t cost much, but it does an important job: keeping water out of places that it shouldn’t be. Inspect your shower, tub and around all windows and doors on a regular basis for places that need to be re-caulked. Then, get on it right away (fixing water damage costs a lot more).

Cleaning Your Dryer Vent

You probably clean your dryer’s lint trap regularly, but when’s the last time you cleaned out your dryer vent? If it’s been more than a year, it’s time to get to it. Too much build up can lead to a fire.

Roof Repairs

A leaky roof can lead to big problems — structural damage, mold, loss of personal property. It’s nothing to mess with. Address roof leaks as soon as you discover them, and you’ll save yourself a ton of cash:

Chimney Sweeping

chimney

You can put off a lot of cleaning tasks, but chimney cleaning isn’t one of them. Hire a professional chimney sweep once a year to make sure your chimney is free of creosote, birds nests and other flammables.

Change Your HVAC Filter

Dirty air filters cause your HVAC system to work harder than it should, and run up your utility bills. Extend the life of your HVAC unit (and keep more cash in your pocket) by replacing your filter once a month. Just $3 a month could save you thousands.

Pest Problems

Termites, carpenters ants, roaches, rodents — if they’ve taken up residence in your home, the time to deal with them is now. Waiting will only lead to more costly treatments and further damage to your home:

A Plumbing Leak

Big leak, small leak, any type of leak can do big damage to your home. Address all plumbing problems as soon as they arise. Then, learn how to keep your plumbing in tip-top shape, so you have fewer problems going forward.

Peeling Paint

Fresh paint makes your house look nice, but it serves a more important purpose: keeping your house dry and rot-free. If the paint on your home is peeling off, it’s time to go after it with a scraper and a paint can.

Note: If your home was built before 1978, you need to have your home tested for lead, before you do any scraping.

Drainage Problems

Clogged gutters, downspouts that don’t direct away from the house, improper grading — there are lots of things that can lead to drainage problems around your house, and all of them put your home’s foundation at risk and invite water indoors. Now (not later) is the time to tackle those rainwater woes.

 

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