Hidden Imperfections: 4 Home Maintenance Issues That Go Unnoticed

BY Kristen Fowler | Mon Feb 13, 2017
Hidden Imperfections: 4 Home Maintenance Issues That Go Unnoticed

Some of the most common home maintenance issues can go unnoticed for years if you are not exactly sure what you should be looking for. Unfortunately, those issues can lead to many unwanted side effects such as unmanageable energy bills, damaged property, and unsafe living conditions. Here is a quick look at four imperfections and what you can do to start taking care of them today.

Inadequate Insulation
It is now estimated that over 98 million homes in the United States do not have adequate insulation. Depending on the local weather, that could potentially increase a homeowner’s energy bills by hundreds of dollars every year. Insulation should be thoroughly inspected at least once every few months, and it must be replaced if you notice any signs of damage or it has flattened out.

Moisture in the Basement
Moisture in the basement is a serious issue that homeowners should never ignore. While it is often caused by poor insulation, it might be the result of a slab leak or dripping pipes. Excess moisture not only creates the perfect environment for mold and mildew, but it also increases your risk of a rodent infestation. Even if your basement does not feel humid, you might want to invest in inexpensive water detectors to place near any exposed pipes.

Poor Soil
If you cannot seem to keep your plants and trees alive, then you might be dealing with poor soil. Before fertilizing your yard, you should first use a soil testing kit to see exactly what needs to be changed. Some lawns benefit from basic fertilizers while others require products that have very specific amounts of nitrogen, wood ash, or lime. A well-manicured lawn with larger trees and lush bushes could increase the value of your home by quite a bit. In cases where your trees are struggling to grow in your yard due to the soil, you may want to contact a specialists, such as Osorio Tree Service, and ask them some questions about fertilization.

A Termite Infestation
A termite infestation can cause an incredible amount of damage in a short period of time. The most effective way to avoid these pests is to schedule an appointment with an experienced exterminator two or three times a year. You should also inspect your home for the signs of an infestation in between those visits. Some of the most common signs include small piles of scat, brown streaks along floorboards, and unusual holes in wood and other natural materials.

Some of these projects might seem daunting, but a little preventative home maintenance could save you quite a bit of time and money over the years. Catching these problems early might also help you avoid major damage that drastically lowers your property value when it comes time to sell your home.

Guest Author Bio: Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer and mother of two from Sacramento, CA. She enjoys kayaking and reading books by the lake. Hannah recommends Osorio Tree Service for your tree fertilization needs.

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