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important home maintenance tasks include caulking the bathtub

Delaying Home Maintenance Tasks Can Be Costly

When life is busy, it is easy to procrastinate on basic household upkeep. Instead of making repairs, you put it off week after week. Before you know it, small issues have turned into larger problems. Important household repairs could end up costing you thousands of dollars. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Here are a few home maintenance tasks that you shouldn’t ignore.

Fixing Plumbing Leaks is One of the Most Important Home Maintenance Tasks

Pipes that are leaking or have burst increase your home’s overall water usage. If you notice a persistent, unexpected rise in your utility bill, then you may have a leak. Water can seep into the walls and foundation, causing costly damage and contributing to mold growth. It’s important to take a few minutes to repair a dripping faucet or fix a leaking pipe. You’ll save money and the headache of dealing with water damage to your property.

Check the Caulking

The caulk in your bathroom keeps water in the tub and prevents it from seeping into the walls and flooring. Leaking water can cause structural issues and even health problems if it leads to mold in the home. Recaulk your bathtub about every five years. You may want to tackle this task sooner if the caulk is peeling away, cracking, or starting to mold. Caulking is an easy task that you can manage with material from your local hardware store. This project will make your bathroom look better and help protect your home from water damage.

Home Maintenance Tasks Include Inspecting for Pests

Unless one of your local pest control companies offers free pest inspections, hiring a professional to look for insects or rodents will cost a small fee. But the price pales in comparison to the thousands of dollars you might pay for the fumigation of your house after it’s been infested by termites, roaches, or rats. If termites have established a colony in your home, you’ll also be facing costly repairs for any damage they have caused.

Seal Outdoor Flooring

Over time, rain and snow wreak havoc on outdoor flooring. On an at least annual basis, use a quality sealant to coat any outdoor flooring. You may have a backyard deck or a concrete patio that your family enjoys in nice weather. Not only can precipitation damage the surface, but it can harm any supporting components underneath. Taking the time to protect outdoor flooring should be an easy weekend project. You’ll preserve your decking and protect your patio by tackling this home maintenance task.

OBX Home Inspections offers home inspection services in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Contact us to request an appointment.