Being able to live in your own home is a liberating feeling – the freedom to do whatever you want and change everything to your liking is a feeling like none other. But, it is also a ton of work sometimes to maintain your home and ensure it stays in a pristine condition. Not only should you keep your home clean and tidy, but there are also a few structural and less glamorous tasks that should be maintained in order to prevent any headaches or complications. That said, here are a few annual inspections that you can definitely apply to your maintenance regime that will give you peace of mind, knowing that your home is in optimal condition.
Your roof is an integral part of your home, and it’s also the most visible part of your house. Extreme weather conditions and also the sun’s harsh UV rays exercise lots of strain on your roof on a daily basis – that’s why you should do an inspection at least once a year to ensure that there are no leakages that could cause severe damage to the house’s structure as well as the ceiling. One way of checking the roof is to ensure all the gutters are properly cleaned and have proper drainage. If your gutters are clogged, that could result in water build-up on your roof and force the water to seep through any cracks in your roof. Also, if your roof is older than twenty-five years, you may need to start thinking about replacing the entire roof as the components used to build a roof typically has a lifespan of between twenty- to twenty-five years.
One of the most frustrating issues you can have in your home is a rat problem. Even though it may feel that way sometimes, rats are not a cause of unhygienic living but rather a structural problem in the house. Rats need an opening to be able to get inside, meaning that somewhere around the house, maybe even multiple places, there is an easy-in for these pests to invade. Some areas you can inspect are garage door openings, plumbing vents, and pipe openings. In these cases, hiring rat and mice control specialists would be your best bet at getting rid of the infestation. These professionals do a complete inspection, but they perform the extermination and evaluate the house and give you a full report on where the problem areas are.
Also essential to daily living in your home, your plumbing should be regularly maintained in order to ensure smooth sailing for your home’s water supply and drainage. A good time to check your plumbing each year is before the winter – pipes that are cracked or faulty can lead to pipe bursts in the winter when icy conditions cause extra strain on the plumbing lines. A plumber is also a good idea if you want to have your pipes checked, seeing as the inspections and maintenance require specific tools in order to be adequately performed.
These annual inspections are not only crucial to ensure your house functions safely and efficiently, but you’ll feel more rest assured knowing that you’ve done everything you can to keep you and your family safe while living in your home.