Protect Your Investment with Simple Home Maintenance

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The average homeowner spends around $200,000 on their home. This amount is three to four times the median household income, which varies by state. It’s a significant sum, meaning that your home is an asset worth protecting. Fortunately, a little elbow grease and pre-planning can ensure that your home remains in top shape, even when Mother Nature goes on a rage. We have assembled some to help you weather the weather.

Hail Storms

Hail falls from the sky like tiny torpedoes intent on ripping your roof right off of your house. Pro-Tech Roofing explains that hail damage comes in many forms, including dented downspouts and broken shingles. Rain and swift winds also often accompany hail storms. The combination of these weather events takes a toll on your roof. Repair damage as soon as possible, which costs anywhere from $2,269 and $13,623. Your out-of-pocket expenses depend on the extent of damage and where you live.

Floodings

Flooding conditions occur when the ground around your home can no longer handle the amount of water falling from the sky. Even if your roof is in top shape, water can still enter your home. Basement homes are the most at-risk of water intrusion. This is because part of the foundation, and sometimes the livable area, is underground. Fix basement leaks by grading the soil away from your home’s perimeter. Use a waterproofing system, which may include a sump pump and French drains, to prevent liquid intrusion. Clean gutters also reduce the possibility of water damage. Lowe’s asserts that maintenance and routine cleaning is a simple process.

Snow and Ice

It’s snow season already throughout much of the country. Cold temperatures arrive as far south as the Gulf Coast in the coming weeks and months. But a winter wonderland, while an impressive sight, can easily take a toll on your trees. Spend an afternoon trimming overhanging branches. This lowers your chances of sustaining damage caused by limbs broken because of excess weight from ice accumulation. Trim large branches by first cutting out a notch about three feet from the trunk. Next, cut the heaviest section of the branch to relieve weight. Finally, remove the last section at the branch caller, which is where the limb meets the tree.

Tornados and Hurricanes

Tornadoes, hurricanes, and straight-line winds are a common occurrence. But these wreak havoc on your property in many ways. Your windows are most vulnerable to storm damage, but preparation prevents disaster. Protect your windows with things like hurricane film and storm shutters. You can also invest in high-impact glass — coastal homes are required to have this anyway. Another option is to pre-cut plywood pieces to install as soon as the weatherman says storms are on the horizon. Finally, remove toys, fallen limbs, and patio furniture from the yard. These items become window and door-bashing projectiles in the right conditions.

General Home Maintenance

Of course, storm preparation is not the only way to keep your home safe. Monthly, quarterly, biannual, and annual maintenance also goes a long way toward your efforts.

Every month, inspect the HVAC unit and check that your fire extinguisher has adequate pressure. Test smoke and carbon dioxide detectors every three months — most have a “test” button that sounds an audible alarm if the battery still has juice. Drain your water heater and deep clean your house every spring and fall. Vacuum dusty refrigerator coils and replace the batteries in your smoke detectors as part of this twice-per-year maintenance.

Seasonal tasks include looking for drainage issues, which often present as puddles that stay put for more than a day, and clearing dead vegetation from around the home. In the fall, contact a chimney sweep to inspect your furnace, fireplace, and chimney, and restock your winter emergency supplies. Remember to prevent icicles on the gutters in the winter, and use this time to tidy up the basement to inspect for any water intrusion left over from the fall.

The above tips are affordable, fairly simple, and necessary. Doing them may prevent some of the worst side-effects of inclement weather. Protecting your home is an all-year endeavor that you cannot afford to neglect.

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