Taking care of
your home is really a good investment and not that hard to do, however, not doing
it can be expensive. We must maintain our homes just like we change the oil and service
our cars. Here are several home tips that might save you money with a little home tender
1. Have your A/C and furnace cleaned and checked once a year. Be sure
to tell the service man to check for duct leaks.
2. Walk your lot and look for ponding water close to your foundation.
Ponding water can weaken your soil structure and cause settling.
3. Dont plant trees close to your foundation. Keep trees at least
15 feet from your foundation. If planted too close to the foundation, the tree roots can
cause foundation problems.
4. If existing trees are planted too close to your foundation contact a
good landscaper to install root barriers. These can be very effective.
5. Sprinkler systems with moisture gauges work well during the seasonal
droughts to protect your foundation. Dont over water or underwater during the
6. Flush new or replacement hot water heaters once a year. This will
prolong the life of your hot water heater.
7. When you find cracks in siding, facial boards or notice any major
movement check this out and repair as soon as possible. Caulk and repaint settling cracks
to prevent any moisture intrusion.
8. Make sure you fix roof leaks quickly, mold and mildew are hazardous
to your health and water intrusion is your homes worst enemy.
9. If you burned more than two cords of wood you need to have your
fireplace professionally cleaned.
10. Last but not least. Any caulking missing or hairline cracks around the tub, inside
the shower or on tile floors be sure to caulk them with flexible caulking; again water
intrusions is our enemy.