As a homeowner, you need to maintain the health of your home. A key maintenance task is protecting it from water or structural damage. Fortunately, it’s easier than you might think to conduct your own home health inspection.
There are clear signs you can look for that indicate water and structural damage throughout your home. If you find any, you can trust the professionals in your area to fix your home and preserve its overall value.
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Assessing Your Home’s Structural Health
Your home’s structural health has a direct impact on its market value. If you let damage go unattended, that damage can only get worse and even become irreversible. The value of your home may even drop by 30 percent, making it challenging to sell in today’s housing market and impacting your net worth.
That’s why it’s especially important to inspect your home at least once a year for structural damage.
It’s easiest to work with a professional to determine whether your home is structurally healthy. When reviewing things on your own, keep an eye out for these signs of structural damage.
- Vertical, horizontal, diagonal, or stair-step wall cracks in your drywall or concrete
- Cracked bricks or concrete cracks
- Wall and floor gaps
- Bowed basement walls
- Cracked or tilting chimney
- Uneven floors
- Sticking doors
Structural damage can also start to manifest outside of your home. Keep an eye on your chimney for any signs of cracks or damage. It’s also important to watch for signs of foundation settlement.
Assessing Your Crawl Space’s Health
If you have a crawl space in or around Colorado Springs, you’ll need to take the time to inspect it as well. Your crawl space is more critical to your home’s health than you might think. If moisture gets in, it can become a gateway for illness and infestations.
When inspecting your crawl space, watch for the following signs of damage:
- Standing water or moisture
- Wood rot
- Sagging floors
- Pest infestations
- Open vents
- Damaged insulation
- Unpleasant smells
Your gas or electric bill may also rise if your crawl space has been water damaged. As moisture enters this space, it gets more difficult for the HVAC system to control your home’s temperature. This means the system works harder, using more electricity, and you get a bigger utility bill.
Assessing Your Basement’s Health
Basements are just as sensitive to water damage as crawl spaces. That, in turn, leads to a long list of maladies, none of them pleasant. For example, excess moisture in your basement can even cause your family to develop asthma or other respiratory conditions.
Signs of water damage in your basement include:
- Leaking water heater
- Leaking basement windows
- Leaking in basement cove joint
- Water stains on the walls or floors
- Wet walls and floors
- Unpleasant smells
- Damaged appliances, including your sump pump
- Obvious leaks
Unfortunately, the signs of water damage in your basement can be similar to those indicating structural damage throughout your home. If you detect any of the above, you’ll want to get in touch with a professional to determine the cause of the damage and how to recover.
Assessing The Health Of Your Concrete
Finally, don’t let your home’s concrete slabs fall by the wayside. These slabs make up some of the external supporting and drainage features around your home, including your:
- Pool deck
- Basement floor
If these elements start to settle unevenly, they become a tripping hazard and even an insurance liability. These elements can also shift just like a concrete foundation. Make sure they are stabilized and waterproofed or they could sink into the ground.
Protecting your home from structural damage doesn’t have to be difficult. After you’ve walked through this home health checklist, get in touch with the professionals at Complete Basement Systems for a free inspection and repair estimate to confirm your findings and start on any needed repairs.