Property Owners: Don’t Let These 6 Maintenance Issues Surprise You
Updated: Apr 25, 2019
Not all surprises are good. Property repairs aren’t the type of surprises any owner wants to experience. Repair and maintenance (R&M), however, doesn’t have to be a headache. The more proactive you are about R&M, the easier it will be. Using a maintenance plan like Home365 for tailored maintenance services that can keep your investment in tip-top shape. Home365 can protect you from the following unwelcome R&M issues.
1) Mold Growth
Mold in your home isn’t just an eyesore – it’s a health hazard. Mold and mildew spores present in the environment can cause respiratory problems, allergies, itchy eyes, and more. Mold growth can happen if property elements trap and hold moisture, such as peeling roof shingles or old siding. It’s possible to prevent mold growth with regular home inspections and repairs of problems such as leaky pipes.
2) Roof Leak
Roof leaks are more common than many property owners think. Even a small leak can cause big problems. A roof may leak if the shingles, flashing, or insulation gets a hole or crack that lets in rainwater from outside. A leaky roof can turn into water damage, wood rot, mold growth, and flooding. Hire a contractor to inspect your roof regularly for signs of wear, damage, and leaks. Preventive maintenance is the best way to prevent a roof leak.
3) Bug Infestation
Pest problems can arise in dirty and unsanitary premises, but insects can also infiltrate clean homes if they have a way inside. Tiny holes and cracks in windows, doors, flooring, roofing, etc. can be just enough to invite roaches, bedbugs, termites, ants, and other common pests inside. These can be expensive problems as a property owner. Prevent them by staying on top of home maintenance and cleaning.
4) Plumbing Problem
Your plumbing system is complex and can experience a wide range of issues. The most common are drain clogs, leaky pipes, and dripping faucets. When one thing goes wrong in plumbing, it often causes a chain reaction throughout the system. Plumbing maintenance is key to affordable repairs and maintenance. Failing to schedule plumbing maintenance is asking for a major system breakdown in the future. Stick to a set inspection schedule to prevent plumbing problems.
5) Appliance Breakdown
An appliance breakdown is a major inconvenience for home occupants – and often a major expense for the property owner. Malfunctioning HVAC systems, water heaters, washer/dryers, dishwashers, and garbage disposals can interrupt the comfort and functionality of the home. The best way to ensure the long and efficient life of a home appliance is with regular cleanings. Most appliances require occasional cleanings and minor repairs to operate at full capacity. Neglecting maintenance can often cause appliances to experience problems and clunk out before their expected replacement dates.
6) Structural Damage
Over time, lax property maintenance can culminate in larger, sometimes irreversible property damage. Structural damage from a persistent water leak, for example, could require a complete replacement of the home’s major beams or framework. Structural damage is dangerous and expensive. It’s also 100% preventable with proper maintenance. Investing in property maintenance is the answer to avoiding all the most common and damaging problems as a homeowner.
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