No one wants to watch their home slowly sink into disrepair, but that doesn’t mean its issues are always readily apparent. Even if you maintain a watchful eye, there are just certain parts of a home that can slowly get ignored until they become a real problem. With that in mind, and to help you avoid this problem in the future, here’s a quick overview of just some of the many common areas that people tend to overlook when repairing and maintaining their home.
When it comes to the strength and stability of the foundation, it can be difficult to notice any issues ahead of time. Luckily, there are plenty of services available that can help you strengthen the foundation without spending a considerable amount of money. Underpinning services, like those offered by C. Daniels Foundations, can help you reinforce the strength of your home’s foundation, especially if it’s a brick home. In addition to underpinning the house, you can also seek out geotech reports to help you get to the bottom of any issues with the soil, which is yet another area that is commonly overlooked. If you want to avoid foundation issues in the long run, then it might be a good idea to invest in strengthening services today instead.
Depending on how the house is sloped, there could be potential problems with drainage. At first, this might not seem like a problem at all, but as water builds up, it can have a serious impact on both the foundation and various crawl spaces in the home. Unfortunately, there’s no simple solution for this problem, as it can be costly to fix if not noticed quickly enough. If you’re concerned that your home might have drainage issues, then look for signs around your home, such as rot in the walls, or strange gaps in the doors and windows as the house’s foundation becomes uneven.
If your home is built with a stucco exterior, then there is a good chance that it can last a long time without any issues. On the other hand though, if the weep screed, a crucial component of a stucco exterior that is designed to protect homes from water damage, is completely buried by additions to the house, then it can have a negative lasting impact. In order to avoid this type of complication, make sure that any patios, porches, or other concrete type fixtures aren’t covering the weep screed around the house. As long as it is able to perform its function and release water back from inside the house, then you can be confident that your home won’t fall into sudden disrepair.
While these tips can’t ensure that you save money after the fact, they’re worth keeping in mind so that you can address issues before they become a bigger problem. By being aware of what to look out for when it comes to foundation damage, water drainage problems, and stucco issues, you’ll be able to not only maintain your home, but you’ll also know exactly what to look out for the next time you decide to purchase a house. With that in mind, these tips are great for both homeowners and potential future homeowners to be aware of.