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Once you’ve finished your build, the next step is to keep it in good shape. A construction deteriorates with the passage of time, the use you give it, the weather and other factors. That is why it is important to review its status from time to time and give it the necessary maintenance to ensure that you take care of your assets, your investment and the safety of your family.

Today we are going to talk about the maintenance of your house and the type of repairs that it may need.

Home repairs

With frequent maintenance, you make sure that your house is always beautiful and comfortable. Here are some of the most common home repairs you can do at home:

Cracks and fissures in the walls

Cracks are openings of more than one millimeter in the structural elements of your house, and they can appear due to the movements of the house, slabs or beams that do not have the appropriate size or tie for the load, or due to the movement of a earthquake. Even due to humidity or temperature changes.

It is important that you are aware of the cracks that appear in the structural elements of your construction such as: walls, beams, columns and foundations. It is advisable to check once a year or after an earthquake. Remember that if you find cracks larger than 6 millimeters, in the shape of an «X» in the load-bearing walls, or if you can see light through them, it is best to consult an expert to see if the house is in danger or not.

Some cracks get bigger as time goes on, and others appear early but stay the same. If the crack does not get bigger and it is not a danger to the house, it is best to repair it and avoid water infiltration or further deterioration of the finishes. For this you must reinforce the wall with two castles, one at each end of the crack and since you placed them correctly you can remove the broken partitions and place the new ones.

Cracks, on the other hand, are one-millimeter openings that affect only the surface of the finishes, so with a little filler and paint you’ll have enough to make them disappear.

Humidity and saltpeter

Dampness on the walls can be caused by having plants attached to the walls, when the subsoil water level rises, water leaks, ceiling damage, among others, and can cause mold and respiratory diseases. That is why we recommend that you check every three months or after a particularly heavy rain.

To avoid humidity, we recommend that you place garden plants away from the walls, regularly check that there are no leaks in your pipes, and frequently ventilate the house. Also check the formation of puddles near your construction and eliminate them. If you notice that the humidity comes from the subsoil, it is best to waterproof your walls.

Another element of your construction that has to be waterproofed is the roof to prevent leaks and leaks. It is true that waterproofing can be expensive, but there are some cheaper methods although they must be applied every year. Do your research and choose the most appropriate method for you.

But the most important thing is that you do not stop making constant checks and cleaning of roofs and channels, especially before the rains begin.

The installations

Other aspects that will need your attention and repair to keep it in perfect working order are:

Water and drainage installation: Check the gaskets, connections and keys to avoid leaks at least every two years. The use you give them day by day will make a difference in their useful life, for example, close the keys without forcing them and clean them with a cloth. It also cleans the register box and the siphons to avoid bad odors.

Electrical installation: Check every year all your sockets, lamps, wiring and panels so that there is no danger to you and your family. One piece of advice, avoid connecting several devices from a single socket; the washing machine, the refrigerator and other similar electrical appliances must have their independent socket.

Gas installation: Check annually that there are no leaks in the pipes, heater or stove. If you detect any problem, close the connection immediately and contact a specialist. Safety is first.

finishes

Locksmith: Oil your locks once a year to ensure their proper functioning, also try to clean them often, removing dust with a damp cloth. Avoid slamming doors and windows to extend its useful life.

Paint: Paint is not just to decorate your house, it has the utility of protecting interior and exterior surfaces, as well as blacksmithing. We recommend giving it a hand every year or two, depending on its condition and contact with the elements.