Home maintenance projects don’t all have to be time consuming. Surprisingly, there are a lot of tasks that can be handled quite quickly and without too much preparation. We’ve got 3 easy fix outdoor projects you can tackle in no time at all.
Check Your Roof
- Your roof should be inspected twice a year. Look for rust spots or signs of leaks and gaps on flashing around skylights, pipes, and chimneys. Check for signs of damage including cracked, buckled, or missing shingles. If shingles are damaged or missing, they should be replaced immediately.
- Always stay safe when checking out a roof. If you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, hire a licensed professional or use binoculars to check for wear and tear.
Check Your Landscaping
- Landscaping does more than just add curb appeal to your home. If done correctly, it can help to keep water away from your home, avoiding possible damage. Inspect your grading and make changes to ensure that water flows away from your home.
- Drainage can be improved with several options including the use of downspouts, use of heavier mulch, use of native grass and plants, creating a rain garden, or digging small indentions to divert water. When adding new landscaping always minimize planting near pipes. The ground around landscaping should always slope away from a home’s foundation.
- Trees, shrubs, and bushes should be trimmed so growth is away from your home and power lines. Limbs, branches, and roots too close to a home can cause future structural damage to roofs, gutters, foundations, and siding. When planting new trees and shrubs it’s important to consider placement carefully. Be sure to account for future growth of the plants.
- Do a perimeter walk around your property to check for tree and plant root growth that may be affecting piping and sewage lines. Look over any exposed pipes for wear and tear. If there is heavy damage replace as soon as possible.
- Slab leaks are a common plumbing disaster that can leave you with thousands of dollars’ worth of water and structural damage. These types of leaks occur in the concrete foundation found under your home. Due to the placement, they can be difficult to detect. However, early detection is the key to minimizing damage and preventing future issues. Check for any signs of cracks. Make needed repairs with concrete patching. If you see damages that are concerning, be sure to consult with a professional before making repairs.
Home maintenance can easily become overwhelming, but not all projects require a great deal of your time. In just an hour’s time tasks that are necessary to keep your home in tip top shape and even help prevent possible future damage can be accomplished.
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