Your weekend projects list is always growing, so it can be tempting to overlook certain potential problem areas as you boldly move forward with a fun project like a new patio design. But ignoring signs of wear and tear in your home can cost you in the long run. Below are three areas to start inspecting now, so you’re not investing in major repairs later.
Imperfections in your roof can be tough to spot. It’s not often that you have the opportunity for an up-close look at your shingles, and that’s exactly the kind of close inspection that is needed to identify potential problems.
Major wind storms, hail, and years of wear can lead to small imperfections in your shingles that may eventually lead to water damage. Taking a ladder up for a closer look is always an option, but hiring a professional to inspect the roof will almost certainly result in a more thorough investigation. For those with older homes that may have multiple layers of shingles, a professional eye is even more vital. Be sure the inspector looks at the flashing around chimneys or vents, as they are more likely to lead to unwanted water damage inside your home. The last thing you’ll want is water damage repair costs.
While you’re looking up, it’s probably a good time to inspect any dying or diseased trees that are in danger of damaging your roof. Fragile limbs are more likely to break off during significant storms. Again, hiring a professional for the inspection, and certainly for any removal, is recommended.
May is National Electrical Safety Month, and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) suggests homeowners take time this spring to reduce their risk for home fires by inspecting their electrical system. According to the NFPA, electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved in the ignition of 34,000 reported home structure fires, on average, per year. These fires involved wiring, lighting, cords, and plugs.
The Association recommends that you check electrical cords to ensure they are not lying in heavily trafficked areas, such as under carpets or across doorways, where they are more prone to damage. Also make sure to only use light bulbs that match the recommended wattage of the lamp or fixture.
Additionally, it’s a good idea, especially in older homes, to have a qualified electrician perform a detailed inspection of your home’s electrical system. A professional can tell if your wiring system needs to be upgraded or if you simply need new receptacles due to outdated technology or to reduce the use of extension cords.