A healthy home is the first step to a beautiful home. If you want to maintain your home and make it as beautiful as possible, you should definitely think about the structure and health of your home. Why should you keep your home healthy and what are some of the warning signs? Here’s what you need to know about the health of your home.

Home Health Checklist
Home Health Checklist Created By: JES

Structural Health

Maintaining a positive structure is essential for maximizing your home’s strength and beauty. Here are a few of the warning signs of structural health problems:

  • Nail pops
  • Wall and floor gaps
  • Uneven floors
  • Drywall cracks
  • Sticking doors or windows
  • Bowed basement walls
  • Flood damage
  • Cracked chimney
  • Sinking foundation
  • Foundation settlement
  • Vertical, horizontal, or stair-step cracks
  • Cracked bricks
  • Cracked block foundation
  • Concrete cracks 

Why is it so important to be on the lookout for these signs of structural damage? To put it simply, you may end up with permanent home damage if you leave structural damage to sit for too long. This home damage can be dangerous for your family. Plus, it can reduce your home value by as much as 30% if you eventually choose to sell the home.

Crawl Space Health

What about your crawl space? Many homes, especially homes that don’t have basements, have crawl spaces to make it easier for inspectors and repair experts to access the parts of your home that may need inspection. These are some of the signs of crawl space structural issues:

  • Standing water
  • Floor joist issues
  • Wood rot
  • Condensation
  • Wet insulation
  • Foundation cracks
  • Open vents
  • High indoor humidity
  • Sagging floors
  • Mold and mildew
  • Unpleasant odors or poor air quality
  • Rodent or bug issues
  • High electric bills

The air quality in your crawl space has a direct impact on the air quality in the rest of your home, which means it’s extremely important to make sure it’s healthy home. Moisture problems can have an impact on your home’s structural integrity and the poor air quality can have a negative impact on your family’s health.

Basement Health

What about the basement? Whether you have a fully finished basement or just use yours as a storage area, keep an eye out for these warning signs of poor basement health: 

  • Poor drainage
  • Musty smell
  • Leaking water heater
  • Leaking windows
  • Leaking in basement cove
  • Sump pump issues
  • Swelling or warped doors
  • Water stains on the walls or floors
  • Efflorescence
  • Wet walls
  • Wet floors
  • Wet carpet
  • Wet drywall
  • Condensation on windows or doors

Basement health issues can lead to the same problems as crawl space and structural health issues. The basement is a crucial part of your foundation and avoiding these problems can cause your home integrity to decline rapidly. Plus, moisture leads to other problems, such as mold, which can cause allergies and asthma in your family.

Concrete Health

The concrete around your home is another important thing to pay attention to. You may have sinking, uneven, or cracking concrete slabs in any of these locations:

  • Patio
  • Garage
  • Driveway
  • Basement floor
  • Sidewalk
  • Pool deck 

If you do have issues with concrete health, you can end up with uneven surfaces. This can then be a tripping hazard or insurance liability if someone gets hurt. Plus, fixing these concrete slabs from the beginning will help you avoid lasting foundation problems in the future.

Conclusion

As you can see, home health requires a variety of elements to go right. If you haven’t put any time and effort into your home’s health, chances are that you’ll end up with some of these home problems. However, the good news is that you can fix it. Reach out to an expert in your area if you’re experiencing any of these warning signs. You may be able to fix it long before you have any lasting concerns.

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