If you are a new homeowner, you may not realize all of the different systems of the home, how those systems work together and the importance of home maintenance. The money that you spend on maintenance will save you thousands of dollars in the long run because you will not have to replace the expensive pieces. Even as a new homeowner there are three parts of your home that you can inspect regularly to determine when to schedule maintenance.
The first area where you will need to do some inspection is the roof. The roof is not always entirely visible from the ground, so you will need to get a ladder and go on top of the roof to assess the situation. The roof can be damaged in a lot of different ways and if you wait for their to be noticeable damage inside your home, then you will be too late and the repair will be very costly. Water damage through the roof will damage the ceiling of the home, and will lead to the growth of dangerous mold in the interior structures of the house. The longer you wait to address the issue, the worse the problem will be. While you are on the roof, check the shingles and make sure that they are all still attached securely. Inspect the rows and make sure that the shingles are all lined up properly, because a line that is not straight can indicate that the shingles have been moved by a high wind.
Another area that needs a lot of inspection, and a place where you will have to spend thousands of dollars if you do not catch damage early, is the plumbing. The plumbing system is out of sight and out of mind, but there are still ways that you can inspect the system. Walk the yard once a month or so and check for wet areas, pools of water or unusual smells. This can be an indication that your pipes have a leak underground. You can also check the plumbing inside the house. Every once in a while run the water in every sink in the house one at a time. Watch the water drain, and if it seems to be going slow, you might have a clog in the pipes. A small clog can be cleared with drain cleaner, but if you wait for a bigger clog, you will have to call a plumber.
Finally, inspect your air conditioner every year, especially before you turn it on for the summer and you should go ahead and schedule maintenance, even if you think the unit does not need the service. Clogs in the air conditioner’s vents or fans will cause the unit to have to work twice as hard and it will cause the unit to burn up in short order. Over the course of not being used, the moving parts of the air conditioner will lose their lubrication, and that can cause the air conditioner to overheat if the issue is not addressed. Preventive maintenance from a qualified air conditioning service technician will ensure that the unit is in tip top shape before you need it for the summer.
There are a lot of systems around the house, and all of them need to be maintained on a regular basis to be cost efficient and effective. With the right maintenance you will save thousands of dollars a year on the cost of repair and replacement of the home systems you need.
I am Randy Helton, and I am a retired home remodeler. During my forty years of remodeling I saw a lot of preventable damage if homeowners had only taken care of the plumbing or roofing Lancaster PA homes have. Now I recommend companies like Zimmerman’s Construction (www.zimmermansconstruction.biz) to people who need to have repairs or evaluations done for work around the house.