Whether you want to enjoy your home for a few more decades or are interested in selling your property, maintaining a solid structure is key in both preventing future repairs and maintaining your investment’s value. By overlooking the structure of your home, and the many forces that can put it into disrepair, you can end up with foundational and other serious damage on your hands. Caring for your home’s structure is one of the best ways to ensure that it retains its value and protects your family for years to come.

When keeping your home’s structure strong, you can opt to participate in several home maintenance projects. Here are a few that can assist you in ensuring that your property’s structure is in tip top shape.

  1. Check walls and ceilings for any cracks or warping. While homes do settle naturally, these may be telltale signs of a foundational problem. Should your foundation crack or suffer other forms of damage, the integrity of your home’s structure will be compromised. As a result, it is important to identify and fix any foundational damage.
  2. Periodically inspect plumbing and electric wiring, particularly if you have access to these wires and pipes through a basement or crawl space. A water leak or improper wiring can compromise your home’s structure by causing water damage or an electrical fire. Furthermore, these issues could be costing you extra cash on your monthly bills.
  3. Protect your home against water damage by installing the Leaf Slugger gutter protection system. When your gutters and downspouts are filled with debris (leaves, twigs, etc.) they cannot let water flow properly. As a result, water can run down the side of your home, pool on your roof, and settle around your property. When this occurs, your house can suffer water damage from the roof to the foundation. Leaf Slugger will prevent these clogs—and subsequent damage—from taking place.

By following these three tips, you can prevent, identify, and address any structural damage that may compromise the integrity and value of your property.