You’ve heard the old adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This especially applies to your home. If you set up a regular schedule of preventative home maintenance, it can help prevent expensive repair problems and keep your home in good shape.

One of the biggest structural issues that we see is poor water drainage away from the house. This causes the foundation to settle at the corners of the house if not corrected. To prevent this from happening, ensure gutters flow towards the downspouts and that the down spout moves water at least 10 feet from the foundation.

Other ways to keep moisture away from your home is to install rain gutters if you don’t have them. This directs water away from the foundation and can help prevent a cracked slab. Clear leaves from your rain gutters at least twice a year to avoid water backing up which can rot wood gutters and rust those made of sheet metal.

If your gutter drain pipes are clogged, try to flush it using a hose. If that doesn’t work, use a plumber’s snake to free the debris.

Adjust your sprinklers so it doesn’t water your home along with the plants. Wet wood can rot and attract termites.

Inspect the washers on your water hoses and outdoor faucets and replace to prevent dripping water from soaking the foundation of your home.

Check your attic for roof leaks every few months.

Use the bathroom fan or open a window when you take a shower to prevent condensation that encourages mold and mildew.

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