Mountainside Home Inspections Mission:
Our mission for Mountainside Home Inspections is not only to deliver a quality report to each customer, but to advise them on the house they want to make a home. Above all, we strive to be the best in the industry by being there for you when you need us. And, we are happy to be lifetime consultants and provide general home maintenance tips required to ensure your home withstands the test of time. Our customers are our family. Therefore, we devote ourselves to serve you the best we can. Lets get started with a few home maintenance tips for you!
Clogged gutters can overflow and break, and put strain on the roof itself. The purpose of gutters is to direct rainwater off the roof and away from your home’s foundation. When gutters are full of debris such as leaves and dirt, the water cannot flow in the intended path, causing them to overflow or pour out onto the ground right next to your house. Water then sinks down into the ground causing the soil to shift. As a result of the underlying ground shifting, your foundation will begin to move and can cause major structural cracking compromising the integrity of your home. Put on a long-sleeve shirt and rubber gloves. Secondly, steady a ladder against the side of the house and scoop out dirt and debris using a small shovel. Lastly, be sure to flush the gutters out with a hose.
CHANGE AIR FILTERS
Changing your HVAC air filters regularly (at least once a month) can cut energy bills by 5-15%. Doing so will also help keep the circulated air inside your home fresh and safe to breath. Swapping filters is easy; just take out the old one, dispose it, and slide your new filter in its place! Air filters are generally inexpensive and can be found at most stores such as Walmart, Food Lion, Lowes, The Home Depot, and many more! Above all, clean air is safe air.
Consumer reports encourage homeowners to test their smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors every month as well as replacing the batteries every 6 months. A good rule of thumb is to change your batteries when you change your clocks during daylight savings time.
Most kitchen counter-tops, sinks, bathroom vanities, showers/tubs, etc. have seams that require grout or caulk to prevent water from intruding into areas where water should not be. It’s a good idea to check these seams every now and then to ensure the prevention of water and moisture damage and to extend the life span of these areas.
Lint buildup in your clothes dryer can affect the dryer’s efficiency and may create a fire hazard. In fact, about 15,500 house fires a year are caused by clothes dryers! Examine and clean the screen filter in your dryer before every use. In addition, check to ensure the exhaust duct is connected to the back of your dryer and exits to the outside of your home.
CHECK DOORS & WINDOWS
Inspecting for drafts around doors and windows can help with energy efficiency and save you money. For instance, if you can feel air movement coming in around the seams of doors and windows, you have a draft. Many gaps can be eliminated by applying a little caulk.
Walk around the outside of your home and look for low areas. Fill in any depressions near the foundation that can trap water or snow, as these water issues could eventually lead to damp basements, settling, or potential foundation damage. Its recommended that the exterior grade from the house should slope away 6 inches for every 10 feet.
In conclusion, these are only a few general tips for homeowner’s maintenance. We encourage you to research more information to help preserve and extend the life of your home, there are many resources available online.
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