Home Maintenance, A Better Plan
Home maintenance is something we all know we should do, but sometimes it just gets pushed off. Regular home maintenance keeps the house in good working order and improves its value, not to mention the peace of mind that your large investment is being cared for. Not sure how to approach this? We recommend making an ongoing maintenance plan.
Lack of home maintenance can be costly and can also be dangerous. Per the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Unintentional carbon monoxide exposure accounts for an estimated 15,000 emergency department visits and 500 unintentional deaths in the United States each year." * This could happen in your home if your gas furnace or appliances are not properly maintained.
Other safety and health problems also come from a poorly maintained house. These could include loose handrails, clogged or dirty dryer vents, dirty chimneys, outdated or poor wiring, mold, poorly maintained decks, poorly functioning exterior locks, lead paint, and rodents as well as other health and safety issues. We think of our homes as a safe and secure place, but this may be compromised if it is not properly cared for.
Additionally, a properly maintained house can be financially beneficial. Neglected maintenance could cost thousands of dollars in repairs and replacements. For instance, deteriorated caulk in the bath and kitchen can cause water damage to the structural part of your home. Also, poor caulking around windows and exterior door frames cause higher heating and cooling bills.
Plumbing leaks not only can cause structural damage but also can create an environment for toxic mold to grow. Skip sealing your deck for a few seasons and you’ll find yourself needing to replace rotten boards. We all know that termites can destroy your home by undermining critical structures. Clogged gutters can cause basement or foundation water problems. Large untreated basement and foundation cracks can undermine the whole house. Faucet and toilet leaks raise your water bill. Dirty furnace filters cause the furnace to work harder, costing you more in electricity or gas. Even dusting refrigerator coils can decrease the efficiency of your refrigerator, increasing electricity cost. The costs associated of drafty doors and windows can be significant. A leaky roof can damage roof boards, trusses, insulation, and drywall. A leaky chimney can also cause structural damage.
The cost of performing preventative maintenance now can more than pay for itself in the long run and can provide peace of mind. Developing a plan for the care of your home provides a simple and systematic approach. Here are some links to home maintenance checklists that you may find useful:
If you live in the Cincinnati area and you would like for us to help you with the maintenance of your home, give us a call. We at Tri-Eagle Home & Lawn have home maintenance plans that can be customized for your home. You can reach us by telephone at (513) 399-6020 or by email at Services@TriEagleHome.com.
* “Carbon Monoxide--related Deaths--United States." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 16 Feb. 2017. Web. 21 Feb. 2017.