Thursday, September 14, 2017

When’s the Last Time Your Home Had a Check-Up?

If you’ve been living in your home for a long time, then you might be surprised to learn that your home could be suffering from some deep-rooted problems that are the result of old and outdated building standards. An extreme example would be the use of asbestos, a dangerous carcinogenic material that was previously used in the construction of industrial and residential properties. It’s most common to find this dangerous material in any building that was refurbished or built before the millennium, but it’s possible to find it even in modern buildings that aren’t regulated. In old homes, it can still be a major problem and you’ll need expert advice and contractors in order to remove it.

This is one of those extreme examples that probably won’t apply to you (hopefully!) but it’s still one of the reasons why everyone should do a complete check-up of their home at least every five years. This is to detect structural problems that could cause catastrophic damage in the future, and also to upgrade your home in order to update it with the latest technologies and building materials that are safer, sturdier and ultimately cheaper to maintain.


Damage as a result of nearby renovations

When other people renovate their homes, or when the street you live on goes through drastic changes, there’s a good chance that the vibrations caused by the power tools used might affect your own property. For instance, you may want to hire a contractor to fix your sewer line if you notice that, after some renovation projects, your water has been acting strangely. Whether it’s a cracked pipe as a result of wear and tear or a leak that you’ve been living with for the past decade, make sure someone examines your entire property for any potential faults before they grow out of control.

Safety before renovating

In addition to fixing faults that are just plain annoying, it’s a good idea to check your home thoroughly for structural problems before you run into complications while renovating your home. Anything from a weak wall to a shoddy foundation could throw a wrench into your plans, so make sure you take good care of your entire home before you decide to put your property through the stress of a renovation. Most contractors will be able to identify problems before performing any kind of work on your home, but it doesn’t hurt to double-check with specialists first.

Maintenance that you’ve neglected

It could be replacing the filter in your air conditioning unit or doing gas safety checks on your boiler. Either way, make sure you carry out regular maintenance on things that are important in your home so they don’t grow out of control in the future. If you’ve detected the growth of mould in strange places, then it could indicate something like a leak in your roof or loft. These issues are hard to spot unless you’re trained for it and the damage can easily spiral out of control if left unchecked.

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