Home Maintenance

January 22, 2020

You would not go without changing your oil in your vehicle, so why would you go without maintenance on your home?? 

Over time, annual maintenance costs average more than $3,300, according to data from the U.S. Census. Various lending institutions, such as  Directors Credit Union and LendingTree.com, agree, placing maintenance costs at 1% to 3% of initial house price. That means owners of a $200,000 house should plan to budget $2,000 to $6,000 per year for ongoing upkeep and replacements.   

 

What can be some things that would cause maintenance on your home to take place: 

 

  • Ice Dam / Roof Evaluation.Ice dams are typically formed by the repeated thawing and freezing of melting snow or backing up of frozen slush in gutters. When ice dams occur, water can be forced under the roofing materials and may cause damage to a home’s ceilings, walls and insulation, and long-term damage to structural components 

                                                                                                                                                                                        Asphalt Roofing Manufactures Association                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

 

  • Gutter Clean / EvaluationClogged downspouts and gutters cause water to overflow the gutter, which can damage fascia or soffit boards, erode landscaping, or cause a roof leak, which in turn may create additional exterior or interior damage.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               National Home Builders Association  

 

  • Exterior Caulk, Door and Window Evaluation.When caught early, often a small epoxy repair is all that is needed. But when discovered late or left unchecked, the rot will penetrate deeper into the windowsill and even the wall framing, requiring much more extensive and more expensive repair later. 

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  • Exterior Deck, Stairs Evaluation.NADRArecommends that deck owners look over their structures once a year. Look for corroded or     missing screws and fasteners, split or decaying wood, weak joints, excessive wobbling, missing flashing and weak railings.                            The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors estimates that only 40 percent of existing decks are completely safe. 

 

 

  • Exterior, Garage Door, Operation Evaluation.A garage door is the largest moving object in the home. They are often operated by electric door openers. Proper installation, operation, and maintenance and testing are necessary to provide safe, trouble-free operation.                    An improperly adjusted garage door or automatic opener can exert deadly force when the door closes. This could lead to serious injury or death from being hit by a closing garage door or from being trapped under the door.                             

                                                                                                                                                                                        International Door Association  

 

Both DOA & EPA have done a lot of studies on efficiency of heating and cooling systems and we have found that over 70% are installed incorrectly to some degree or anotherreducing efficiencies dramatically. 

  • Static test operation (air flow test). Over 70% of systems are installed incorrectly to some degree or another which can cut many years off the life of your equipment. 
  • Temp rise evaluation of total system. Checking temp rise on your equipment is like checking the temperature of your heating and cooling system operations, overheating a system can destroy heat exchangers, compressors and motors. 
  • Combustion analyses (gas only equipment).  Completing a combustion analyses to determine equipment operation of combustion flue gasses to manufacture spec’s, safety operations and equipment longevity. 
  • Complete safety check of all components. Testing all components for proper operations will avoid breakdowns and avoidable costly repairs. 
  • Complete blower assembly (pull) and clean on indoor equipment, furnace or air handler. Keeping your blower assembly will enhance efficiencies, operation of increase air flow and increase longevity of motors and capacitors. 

 

According to State Farm Insurance Statistics, washing machine hose failures cause approximately $170 million in damages to homes in the United States & Canada. 

  • Dyes test the toilets for hidden leaks. The average leaky toilet wastes about 200 gallons of water per day. 
  • Integrity inspection of all faucets and tub/showers. Just a small drip of 1 drip per second is more than 3000 gallons a year of wasted water. 
  • Visual inspection of drain and waste system. Most homeowners will spend $246 to $898 in drain waste breakage repair. 
  • Integrity inspection of washer, dishwasher, ice maker hose connections. Water supply hoses that leak or burst are costing homeowners more than $6,000 for repairs. 
  • Water Heater Safety Check. A water heater leak can a be a cause for health concerns as dampness and water can sprout mold and mildew which can cause allergic reactions in some people, and it can result in water damage. 

 

Both DOA & EPA have done a lot of studies on efficiency of heating and cooling systems and we have found that over 70% are installed incorrectly to some degree or anotherreducing efficiencies. 

  • Electrical overview / check smoke & CO detectors. Sixty-five percent of home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no working smoke detectors. 
  • Connection check in main panel (single up to 200 amp). Electrical distribution systems are the third leading cause of home structure fires. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that electrical receptacles are involved in 5,300 fires every year, causing forty deaths and more than 100 consumer injuries. 
  • Check grounding system, voltage and amp test on loads. Extension cord fires outnumbered fires beginning with permanent or detachable power cords by more than two-time. 
  • Polarity check on system panel and check GFCI system. GFCIs are subject to wear and possible damage from power surg during an electrical storm. Industry studies suggest that as many as 10 percent of GFCIs in use may be damaged. 
  • Infrared scan of panel, walls and ceiling. U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) research indicates that each year we can expect more than 140,000 electrical fires, which result in hundreds of injuries and deaths. 

 

Who could do a better job of taking care of your home than the folks that have been creating, building, remodeling & repairing homes for the past 30 plus years? 

Bruckelmyer Brothers Construction has a home service team that can take care of your home with the same level of careful concern that we put into constructing each one of our projects. From in the ground to roof top we can inspect, maintain, restore and repair to match the existing finishes exactly how they are, or update to the look you are hoping for. 

 

 

Call us today (218-525-2344) to schedule a time for our home service coordinator to stop by and provide you with an estimate of costs for any repairs your home and property may need!