Home Maintenance Service
Home Maintenance Services
Home Maintenance services is important for your home and you may already have a home maintenance checklist:
Replace the furnace filter each season, shut off water spigots before winter, clean the gutters, etc. That’s a good start, but there are jobs that homeowners often forget about, or don’t even know about.
Here are some important home maintenance services items that may not be on your list-items that may cause a big headache, or worse, cost you big money if you neglect them.
Check the Sump Pump
It’s easy to forget about your sump pump, but it’s important to make sure it’s in good working order. If you don’t, you could end up like the homeowner who returned from a weekend trip to discover his entire basement floor covered in 1/2 in. of water. After shutting down the power, he waded over to the sump pump and noticed it wasn’t working. Upon closer inspection, he realized that the cable attached to the float must have gotten tangled somehow. It took him two seconds to untangle the cable, and then he spent the next 15 hours dragging out waterlogged carpet, running the wet/dry vac and moving fans around.
To avoid a similar disaster, be sure your home maintenance services include that the pump has a vertical float switch. Also, check your pump at least a couple times a year by dumping water into the basin to make sure everything is working properly.
Water Pressure can damage Fixtures and Appliances
High water pressure can harm pipes, connections, and appliances. It also creates water hammer and waste massive amounts of water. Checking for high water pressure is an often overlooked home maintenance services item, and one that’s easy enough to perform. A new pressure-reducing valve and a simple pressure gauge like this one that hooks up to a spigot or laundry tub faucet are both available at home centers. This one is an easy home maintenance services item.
Clean Window Weep Holes or Invite Rainwater Into Your House
Many sliding windows and vinyl replacement windows have weep holes on the exterior bottom of the frame. These holes are designed to drain away rainwater that can collect in the frame’s bottom channel. Weep holes can get plugged with bugs and debris, and if that happens, water could fill up the channel and spill over into your house.
To see if your weep system is working, simply pour a glass of water into the track or spray the outside of the window with a garden hose. If you don’t see a steady stream of clean water exiting the weep hole, poke a wire hanger into the hole, or spray it out with compressed air, and wet it down again. If the little flapper (designed to keep out driving wind) is stuck shut, it can be removed with a putty knife and replaced.
This is an important part of home maintenance services because water running behind the siding can cause rot and mold.
The Effects of Water Damage on your Home
There are times when the effects of water damage can be felt within minutes. However, there are also times when the damage can be seen after a few days or weeks. The effects can be visible to the eyes, but there are dangers that cannot be seen. Water damage can expose you to occupational, health, and safety hazards. We will discuss further the timeline of the water damage in the section below.
A. Molds and Health Issues
The mold growth in your home can happen after a few weeks. However, the adverse effects on your health and wellness may be felt within days. The molds can become evident when you feel that your allergies are starting to flare up. Since molds thrive on water, it is easy for them to grow when the water damage has been left untreated for a long period of time.
In addition to this, the growth of molds can also damage the aesthetic of your home. This is because it can leave marks of mold growth in the form of fungi and the green grass-like molds that grow on the surface of your wall. In terms of health issues, you can feel it when you begin to have respiratory problems like allergies, asthma, and bronchitis. It can take months or weeks after the mold growth before the health issues can take effect.
On the other hand, the smell that is caused by mold growth can still linger for a long period of time. However, there is an effect caused by molds that can be felt within minutes. The quality of the air can become poor once the molds begin to grow.
Another health issue that you can face is the contamination of water. This can lead to skin allergies if you come in contact with contaminated water. In addition to this, you will be exposed to bacteria and fungi. Due to these elements, the residents of a home can become more prone to contracting sickness.
B. Furniture and Appliances
One of the first few components of your home that can feel the damage of a flood is the pieces of your furniture. Whether it is a wooden bed or a television set, a flood can damage your valuables and belongings within minutes. When it comes to wooden pieces of furniture, the presence of water can cause the structure to weaken. In addition to this, it can also be a home for molds, which has an adverse effect on the wood in itself.
There are types of furniture that are sensitive to water and they turn white as soon as it comes in contact with water. Moreover, there are certain pieces of furniture that will swell during water damage. The paint on your furniture can also chip and transfer to walls or floors. They can also be discolored during prolonged exposure to water.
For electrical appliances, the damage will become more evident as they can malfunction immediately. Moreover, it becomes more dangerous when your appliance is not waterproof. There are times when the damage can still be repaired. On the contrary, there are times when the damage is too severe that it would be impossible to repair the appliance. In addition to this, the exposure of electrical appliances to water can even cause electrical hazards.
C. Structure of the House
Similar to your furniture, the effect of water damage on your structure can happen within minutes. In the event that you have a wooden floor, there is a tendency that the floor will swell. This can lead to difficulty in walking and it can even become dangerous for the residents of the building to live in the property.
When you have a carpeted floor, it is more difficult to clean and treat it since it is made of fabric. Depending on the material made for the carpet, the fabric can become discolored. However, the main issue with carpeted floors and water damage is that it will become easier for molds to grow on it because cleaning the carpet will become tough. You cannot simply vacuum the water out of the carpet since you can damage both the vacuum and the carpet.
Your walls are also not spared from the damage of flood. This is because a water-soaked wall will have a greater tendency to become discolored. In most cases that we have handled, you will see that a home has experienced water damage when the walls have changed its color. A white colored wall can have spots of yellow after a flood, especially when it took too long before the water was taken out.
Home Repair Work For Seniors
I began as a licensed Pennsylvania Home Insurance agent and I saw some home repair contractors taking advantage of clients, particularly the elderly.
After I retired and sold my insurance agency, I wanted to make a difference for senior clients. I wanted to try a new approach, by providing quality home repair work to seniors in a caring manner, from a company with integrity, and fair pricing.
I am dedicated to servicing clients and undertaking repairs to enhance seniors’ lives at home.
Our company’s mission is to assist the senior community, who desire to remain in their homes, but who can no longer undertake home repair and maintenance themselves.
We also offer the same home repair services to the general public who may have neither the time, experience nor desire to make home repairs.
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