You most probably check certain areas of your home for damage on a regular basis, like the seals around your bath. However, there are probably other areas that you always forget to check.

 

When caught early on, most home problems can be easily fixed without spending any money – or not much. But if you fail to check these areas and are unaware of these issues, you could be putting yourself at risk of expensive repairs.

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To ensure that you aren’t forgetting to check areas of your property that could be prone to damage, we have put together a guide:

 

Don’t forget your gutters

 

Don’t make the mistake of forgetting to check your gutters for blockages – if these overflow the water can damage your property. Every two to three months have a look inside your gutters to ensure that they aren’t clogged.

 

Gutters that have blockages, not only spill water but can also break due to the pressure. That’s why, unless you want to pay out for new guttering, it’s crucial that you check them regularly.

 

Check your home’s foundation

 

Sometimes, the foundation of a property will shift, leading to all sorts of problems. Fortunately, the warning signs that there is something wrong are easy to spot.

 

To check that your property’s foundations aren’t damaged, you need to keep an eye on your floors. If you notice any cracks or flooring that is sagging, this could be a sign that there is a problem with your home’s foundation.

 

Sagging floors could also be a sign that there is a problem with the beams that have been laid as part of the foundations. If this is the case, it’s a good idea to consult a pier and beam foundation repair specialist.

 

Keep an eye on your property’s drainage

 

The next time that you are at home when it’s raining, grab your coat and boots and head outside. Walk around your property, checking for any areas of standing water – this can be a sign that you have a drainage problem.

 

If you have a drainage problem and don’t deal with it, it could eventually crack the concrete areas in your garden. This includes your property’s foundation, which can lead to all sorts of problems. If your garden lacks drainage, consult a contractor for advice.

 

Check your property’s wooden areas

 

If you have any wooden areas in your garden, such as a shed or an area of decking, it’s important that you check it regularly. Water can cause wood to rot, so if there has been a lot of rain, the wooden areas in your garden could have started to rot.

 

If, for example, you notice a small area of rotten wood on your deck, you need to treat it as soon as possible. Otherwise, the rest of the wood could start to go bad, as well. You can prevent wood from rotting by painting it in a special varnish – this can be bought at most DIY stores.

 

To ensure that you find any issues that your property may have as soon as possible, follow the tips, above.

 

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