Think of your house as a country. Every place has its importance and security found within the walls. Many areas in the home require your attention, and you should use them to conduct periodic evaluations of potential problems. As a homeowner, it’s important to know where the main issue areas in your house are. These five spots are a good place to start.
Basements often function as the foundation of a house. They can expose you to mold, rot, and other types of harmful substances that can lead to an unpleasant odor, water damage from leaks in pipes from upstairs showers or sinks, and eventually burst pipes that can flood your home. Water filtration and draining systems need to be regularly inspected to ensure they are functioning properly.
The attic is a good spot for entertaining or just relaxing and watching television, but it also needs to be checked frequently to ensure certain conditions are not present. The attic can potentially be a breeding ground for mold, pests like termites, or wood-boring insects. It’s best to enter the attic only when necessary and always wear protective clothing to prevent getting it dirty. This place is also susceptible to leaks from the rain, so these areas should be checked regularly.
Doors, windows, and staircases can be a potential security issue if they are not regularly inspected and maintained for potential damage. For example, wood or cement staircases need to be checked every month to ensure that the cracks or crevices are not leaking. Carpeted stairs need to be checked every two months because these areas are particularly sensitive to moisture and can absorb it from sealers and finishes.
Garages are susceptible to leaks and mildew. This place is recommended for storing different possessions and equipment since it does not get as much exposure to sunlight as the other parts of the house. But because this area is usually more open than the other parts of the house, it becomes vulnerable to moisture from humidity.
Chimneys are good for animal nesting that can cause structural damage, including structural cracks and even cave-ins. It is important to inspect chimneys often because of the moisture from steam and condensation inside ducts. A regular inspection will help detect potential problems before they get worse, leading to expensive damages and homeowners’ lost time.
There are a lot of places in the home that require your attention. If you know where these places are, you can keep an eye on them to prevent potential problems and costly repairs.