How to Inspect Your Home and Avoid Major Repairs
Here are 10 simple things you can do yourself to help avoid major home repairs.
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Home Exterior

The first four questions will focus on the exterior of your home.
Why? To avoid future structural problems.

If so, be sure they have functioning drains, drain covers, window well covers and that the well cylinder is firmly attached to the foundation.

Why you should do this: Prevent basement flooding through windows.

Ensure that it is neither too high (above foundation wall), too low, and properly sloped away from your home. Look for sunken concrete or sinkholes next to the foundation.

Why: Prevent seepage and wood rot of floor joists.

Why: Identify structural problems before they get worse.

Home Interior

The remaining questions will focus on the interior of your home.

Clean the basin, water test, and look for leaks in the check valve and discharge line.

Why: Prevent basement flooding due to sump pump failure.

If so, look for leakage, mold stains, rotted wood, and uncovered dirt.

Why? Avoid health issues, wood rot and sagging floors.

Why? Avoid mold growth and health issues.
Why? Prevent seepage and minor structural problems from getting worse.

This is where your foundation meets the house floor joists at the top of walls.

Look for insect infestation - termite tunnels, rodent entryways, and proper insulation.

Why? Avoid structural problems, vermin infestation to keep floors warmer and lower energy bills all year round.

Why? Prevent sewage backup into your home.

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