Some of you may know your roof is perfectly fine due to the roof inspection completed when you first purchased your home. Either it was new at that time or your roof inspector was able to give you an estimate of how many years were left on it and you haven’t exceeded that time yet. Under either circumstance, as long as it hasn’t shown any signs of trouble, you may be in the clear.
On the other hand, if your roof was of questionable age and/or structural integrity at the time you purchased your home, it has now exceeded its usable life, or you just like to live on the safe side, it may be prudent to order a roof inspection. Roof leaks aren’t always detected right away – by the time you start to notice the tell-tale brown stains on the ceiling, there might already be hundreds or thousands of dollars’ worth of damage. Worse yet, you may even experience a cave-in if part of your ceiling gives way in a large storm.
Save yourself the heartache, frustration, and money. Here are a couple of local companies to consider giving a call:
Is it time to have your home’s electrical system inspected? It can wear out like any other part of your home, and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says faulty wiring is responsible for an estimated 46,000 house fires and 440 deaths each year. My friends at Pacific Union recently blogged about the possibility of hidden wiring disasters in the making; you can check out their article here http://bit.ly/1aY5VxY.
The thing is, modern electronics and appliances have evolved far beyond what many of our homes were designed to handle. Even in just the past five to ten years, we have had several changes to the standard wiring practices – larger voltage appliances typically require 220 rather than the common 110 hook-ups of yesteryear, grounding outlets is a thing now (hint: you may have three-prong wall sockets to allow plugs to fit but the outlet itself may not actually be grounded), and just about all of our possessions are now “smart” which requires additional processing as well as electrical power. Have you seen or do you own the refrigerator that can allow you to update your Facebook status?
It is almost like an instinct: the crisp fall air just makes most people want to get their fireplaces going. Though new homes are no longer being built with wood or pellet burning fireplaces, there are still plenty of us with the older models. Just step outside and take a deep breath on a particularly cool evening, you know they’re still out there. How often are those chimneys being cleaned out? Most professionals recommend a thorough clean at least once per year before homeowners start using their fireplaces for the season. Creosote buildup can be extremely hazardous and a fire that is sparked within the chimney is going to be much more difficult to detect at the onset.
What about the chimneys that “lived” through the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989? Hundreds of Sonoma County homes lost use of their fireplaces when the quake toppled their chimneys. However, not all chimneys had extensive or obvious damage at the time. Cracks or misalignment can lead to serious dangers when using your fireplace. If you haven’t had your fireplace inspected or it has been a while, please do yourself a favor and order one before it starts getting chilly out.
Moisture buildup in your home can be absolutely devastating. Not only can the damage become severe and extensive but certain molds can wreak havoc with your own health. What can start out as an annoying inconvenience or an unpleasant smell can (literally) blossom into an absolute nightmare before you know anything is wrong. Since not all home moisture issues are obvious until major damage has been done, periodic inspections can be true life-savers.
Learn about the signs of moisture intrusion, the health risks, and who you can talk to if you are already having a problem. Find reputable companies that can inspect and/or treat any moisture related issues. Practice moisture buildup prevention to keep your home environment healthy.
Your home, as the saying goes, is your castle. It is the place in which you should feel the safest and most secure. Unfortunately, hundreds of preventable deaths or illnesses are reported every year due to hidden dangers that homeowners never even realized were lurking behind their walls. Getting a whole-home inspection every few years, a roof check-up at least once, and one chimney inspection prior to starting your annual chimney sweep schedule could help you keep your home happy and healthy for many years to come.