Homes are subject to decay and rotting over time. To avoid this, you need to have your home inspected. You can do your own regular inspection at home using this hand checklist. This should help you prevent small problems from growing out of control.
What do you need? 1. The checklist – Make sure you print this out 2. Gloves 3. Flashlight 4. Screwdrivers – flathead and Phillips
What are the places to check? 1. Your attic 2. All living spaces 3. Your basement
What are you looking for?
1. Rotting wood
Check out the joist ends and sill plates and see for evidence of rotting. Usually, areas with soft spots are prone to rotting –wet or dry rot. So make sure that you don’ skip these areas. Also, you can use your screwdriver and ice pick to check these areas.
2. Holey joists
Sometimes the floor joint’s strength can be compromised due to poorly placed notches and drill holes. So check for these problems. The rule of thumb is that there should be no holes or notches in top or bottom flanges of an I-joist. As to the framing, big holes are acceptable I the center but it should not be at the ends.
Also check and make sure that the drill holes are 2 inches in from top or bottom. It should not be more than 1/3 the depth of an I-joist.
The notches must not be greater than 1/6 of its depth or penetrate the center third of the joint span.
3. Check for presence of termites
If there are termites, you would see presence of snake-like tubes along your joints. If you spot these tubes, it’s better to call the exterminator and do it fast!
4. Your heater is making some noise
Your heater may hoard sediments and over time they manifest themselves. So if you start hearing your water heater gurgle or snap, that’s the best time to drain out the sediment. If you don’t know how to do this, call a pro to do it for you. Flushing it with 3 to 4 gallons of water can lengthen the life of your heater.
5. Cracks on your foundation
This is very important and should not be missed. However, hairline cracks shouldn’t cause you to panic. But when you see cracks that are either horizontal or vertical and are growing, then you should take note of that. I would suggest you call a pro before it gets bigger or wider, much more when they’re already unnaturally wide.