You hear it all the time from your mechanic and your dentist. Maintenance is so important. Your mechanic pushes you to consistently change the oil and bring your car in for planned tune-ups at 30,000, 60,000, and 100,000 miles. Every time you visit the dentist, they ask if you brush and floss daily. Whether you tell the truth or not, they both can probably tell by the state of your engine and your mouth.
These experts aren’t pushing maintenance for no reason. They’ve seen the difference between cars and mouths well taken care of and those that are not. In both scenarios, time and use cause damage and buildup. Repairing, lubricating, and cleaning help extend the life of your car and your smile and help avoid larger, more expensive repairs in the long run. The same holds true for your home. Because homes have so many elements and systems, there can be much to maintain. You can reduce further damage and higher repair or replacement costs down the road with proper maintenance.
5 Maintenance Projects to Consider
- Gutters: It’s a good idea to check your gutters a few times a year, especially in the fall, if you don’t have covers. Cleaning out debris and leaves will usually keep things moving. Always ensure water flows freely through the downspouts to avoid water damage to the house or erosion of the soil near the foundation. Gutters don’t last forever. Replacement is sometimes necessary. Regular maintenance can help you keep an eye on the condition of your gutters and allow you to plan for replacement.
- Patios and Decks: Patios and decks are often built with wood that can eventually rot. If left to rot for an extended period of time, structural integrity can be compromised. Thoroughly inspect your patios and decks and consider replacement if there is visible decay, especially in the foundation, that could keep it from passing inspection.
- Windows and Door: These home items get lots of use and sometimes need replacing. Check windows periodically and look for rotted wood. Left unrepaired, water can damage interior and exterior walls in your home. Repair or replace as necessary.
- Retaining Walls and French Drains: Be vigilant about water drainage around your house. Water left stagnant or flowing near your foundation can cause extensive damage and expensive repairs in the future. Combat erosion by adding a retaining wall or French drains as needed.
- Driveway: Cracked and sinking driveways often need replacement. Whether caused by roots, erosion, or age, crack repair is a short-lived band-aid that never looks good. Removing and replacing a driveway with proper installation and drainage planning will last for decades to co
Call ContractorMen for Home Maintenance
No matter what home maintenance project you have in mind, make sure to call on the experts. So many fly-by-night contractors are here today and gone tomorrow, with your money in their pockets. ContractorMen has been in the construction and remodeling industry for over 38 years. You can trust the job will be fully completed and done the right way – built to last – when you choose ContractorMen. Call (404) 801-5656 or connect online to discuss your home maintenance, remodeling, or home addition needs today.