Owning a home is a major accomplishment. It allows you the option to design your own comfortable living space. Plus, you don’t need the landlord’s permission for anything, including renovations, landscaping choices, and whether or not you own a pet.
However, there are a lot of responsibilities and obligations that come along with property ownership. The key duties include maintenance and upkeep. The value of the property is preserved by routine maintenance and care. Additionally, it helps you avoid pricey repairs later on.
Like everything else, issues with your home’s concrete — whether a foundation, driveway, or patio — shouldn’t be ignored.
Reasons Not to Ignore Suspected Foundation Issues
If you notice your doors starting to stick or cracks in your brick chimney, it could be a sign that your foundation isn’t as healthy as it should be.
Ignoring the problem won’t help you in the long run, and it could lead to the need for expensive foundation repair, which can run up to $10,000. Your home will also risk structural damage as your foundation is load-bearing. And the longer you let it go, the more damage your home is likely to incur.
A cracked foundation is a gateway into your home. It can leave you susceptible to mold, mildew, and pests. Plus, your home won’t be as energy efficient as it once was because cool air can creep in, which may cause an increase in utility bills. As you can see, allowing a foundation issue to fester can lead to a domino effect of other problems.
Reasons Not to Ignore Suspected Driveway Issues
Up until now, you may have been ignoring the uneven concrete in your driveway and dismissing it as normal wear and tear. While sinking concrete is undoubtedly a problem that many homeowners face, you shouldn’t simply live with it.
Having an uneven driveway or sidewalk can cause injuries to your family members or your visitors. While an injury is bad enough on its own, you also have to consider that you could be financially responsible for medical bills should a visitor hurt themselves on your property.
Another reason why you shouldn’t ignore your uneven concrete is drainage problems. You may start to see water pooling in different areas, such as the garage or even by your foundation. The uneven concrete can be to blame.
Reasons Not to Ignore Your Garage Floor or Patio Issues
While you may think that having a cracked or uneven concrete patio is no big deal, in addition to inviting the same issues as an uneven driveway, it can also hurt the resale value of your home.
Your garage floor is also susceptible to damage due to heavy vehicles, constant stress, and changing temperatures. Cracks, pitting, and an uneven surface are all things to look out for. Allowing the floor to continue to deteriorate will lead to a more costly replacement later.
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