Give Your Home or Business an Annual Physical to Prevent Problems Down the Road

We all know how important it is these days to eat healthy and keep our bodies in decent physical shape.

And to make sure we’re keeping up with things and maintaining as healthy of a lifestyle as humanly possible, many of us visit our family doctor annually to see how we’re doing. If changes need to be made, that’s generally when we find out about them and plot the appropriate course of action.

But did you know that your home and/or business can also benefit from having a yearly “physical,” when many things can be checked and addressed as needed?

It doesn’t really matter what time of year you complete this activity, but it’s best not to do it when the weather’s cold and you may feel “under the gun” on certain things.

For instance, you don’t want to be racing the clock when a winter storm is looming or when it’s below freezing outside. It’s best to be prepared well in advance of any such weather related event.

But whenever you decide to give your home or business it’s yearly physical, here are a few things you want to pay particular attention to:

  • Plumbing. Take a look around and make sure you have no leaks, particularly in areas that could freeze in the winter months. Check your water pressure in the kitchen and bathrooms and flush all the toilets the make sure they’re operating properly. It’s also a good time to check the caulking around your bathtubs and showers to make sure it’s up to par.

  • Electrical. Check your outlet covers and receptacles and test your outlets to make sure they’re working properly. It’s also a good idea to check the wires outside your home to make sure there are no trees that could do extra damage during a storm.

  • Water and Septic. Check your sump pump to make sure it turns on when water is poured on it and look around your septic tank for any indications that the tank is full or possibly failing.

  • Heating and Air Conditioning. This is an area that could very well be best left to the professionals, but there are certain things you can do on your own. These include looking for any buildups of soot or rust on your furnace and checking registers and vents for loose covers.

  • Doors and Windows. Check the weather stripping around your doors and windows and look for any cracks in window glass.

  • Exterior. Depending on the size of your property, this could take a while. But things to look for include checking for cracks in your driveway, examining your porches and/or decks for loose rails or boards, checking the flashing around your chimney, cleaning gutters and downspouts of debris and taking a good look at the current state of your roof.

While this list is not 100 percent comprehensive, following the above guidelines will give you a good head start to ensuring that your home is in good shape for the next 12 months.

Just be sure to schedule the physical for your home or business well before Old Man Winter arrives in December. It’s always best to plan ahead, especially when your biggest investment is in need of a little Tender Loving Care.

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