Homes require a lot of maintenance, and it’s important to stay on top of your regular tasks if you want to keep your home in good shape. Some tasks are done weekly or monthly, while others only require attention every other season or year. Make it a point to track all your maintenance tasks so that you know what needs immediate attention. Neglecting one task can lead to any number of issues down the line.
There’s no such thing as a small task when it comes to home maintenance. No matter how simple it is, everything we do goes a long way to keeping our homes clean and safe. Even something as easy as sweeping the floors can have a big impact on our home’s condition. Keep this in mind as you clean and make repairs.
Our home’s state and our health are directly connected. If you let maintenance fall by the wayside, our health could be put in jeopardy. For instance, holes on the roof could lead to moisture buildup in the walls, which then causes mold to grow. You need to be on guard for any issues that may affect the safety and integrity of your home. Here are some of the most common maintenance issues and how to fix them.
- Concrete cracks
In most cases, cracked concrete shouldn’t be a cause for alarm, but it all depends on the location and extent of the cracks.
For instance, cracked pavements are perfectly normal. The heat and cold causes the concrete to expand and contract, which then causes cracking. If you see thin cracks on the pavement, you need to fix the problem right away. Waiting too long will only lead to the formation of bigger cracks.
On the other hand, if you see cracks on the walls, you may need to contact a contractor right away. They need to check if the wall is load-bearing or not. Damage to non-load-bearing walls are mostly benign, and you can easily patch over the cracks. But if they find cracking on load-bearing walls, it might be a sign of a more serious structural issue.
- Weathered paint
Exterior paint has to be reapplied at least every five years, but it all depends on the weather, surface material, and quality of the paint. For instance, painted brick lasts longer than painted wood or aluminum. Regardless of the material, the paint surface will begin to peel off due to exposure.
Paint isn’t just for decorative purposes. It also serves to protect the material underneath. Degradation speeds up once the material has been exposed, so make sure to repaint your home’s exterior once the old coat is starting to crack. It also helps to retouch the paint in places every year or so.
- Overgrown garden
A house isn’t complete without a garden. No one wants to be surrounded by concrete, and a garden ensures that you have easy access to greenery. Trees also provide much-needed protection from the sun. But if you let the plants grow wild, they could damage your house.
Grounds plants have to be trimmed and pruned regularly. Avoid placing bushy plants near the exterior walls to prevent moisture buildup. Don’t forget to trim tree branches before the winds pick up, as the swaying branches can damage siding, windows, and roof shingles. Make it a point to check for vine or moss growth around the chimney. You might need to get a new chimney cap.
- Damaged door
The front door is the main entry point of your home, so you need to keep it in a clean and presentable condition. Retouch the paint or varnish as needed and replace any broken electronics such as the doorbell as soon as possible. You can always hire a professional to inspect the front door to reveal any hidden damage. For instance, there might be hairline cracks around the door frame. Weakening window seals could also lead to moisture buildup.
Wipe the front door down at least once a week to keep it clean. You don’t have to use anything fancy. Just use a clean rag and a mixture of warm water and regular household cleaner. If the front door immediately leads to a busy street, you may need to clean more often to remove soot and ash from passing vehicles.
The bottom line
Keep an eye out for these four problem areas. If you want to keep your home clean and presentable, you need to stay on top of your maintenance tasks. It’s better to fix problems while they’re small and manageable. If you ignore basic maintenance, you could end up spending a lot of time and resources fixing a bigger issue.