25 Dangers to Your Home and How to Prevent Them
20. Leaky Faucets
Leaky faucets can be annoying to listen to and can also be annoying when it comes time to pay your water bill each month. But this is an easy fix. Most faucets have a few different rubber washers that wear out over time. With a few simple tools, these washers can be replaced, making your sink good as new. If your kitchen is in need of an update, this leak may be your excuse to change your faucet altogether! Whichever you decide, both can be completed without master plumbing skills.
15. HVAC, Duct Work, and Filter Issues
Keeping these elements of your home in working order can save you a great deal of money. It is recommended that you change the air filter in your furnace monthly, but this can vary for different households. If you have kids or pets or the furnace is in a much-used part of a house, more stuff can get picked up in the air. Make sure you monitor the air filter in order to keep the furnace efficient, your family healthy, and your utility bills as low as possible. It is also important to keep your ductwork clean by vacuuming around vents, keeping debris from falling into floor vents. Friction and lost air flow around the joints of your ductwork can restrict your system’s overall efficiency. If you find a leak, use duct tape to seal it up, and keep those extra pennies for another project.
10. Caulking and Weather Stripping
Caulking is important around windows, doors, wood siding, trim, and many other areas. It keeps your house sealed, and if not properly maintained, it will let water, bugs, and outside temperatures into your home. This can cause energy loss, wood rot, and discomfort. Walk around your house every spring to inspect for any cracks or openings. Use an indoor/outdoor painter’s caulk to seal any cracks; then, cover them with primer and matching paint for a clean finish.
5. Gutter Downspouts
Gutters are great for controlling water, but if you just let the water pour out of your downspouts, you’re asking for trouble. Proper grating will help carry this water away from your foundation; however, if a large amount of water flows from your downspout, the ground could quickly be washed away, leaving a hole in the ground where water can build up. Burying downspouts and extensions as far from your home as possible is the best option. Alternatively, installing a gutter extension or splashguard that directs water at least three feet from your home will also protect against water damage.