How long things last around the house

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What to do:

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Inspect
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Clean
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Paint
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Pro

When to do it:

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Spring Summer Fall Winter
System Normal Life* (years) When What Homeowner Action
Concrete Block/ Foundation

100+

spring.gif (1526 bytes) inspect.gif (1926 bytes) Check for cracks or surface deterioration. Consult a professional if you have any leaking or severe cracking. Check for termite tubes on foundation.
Exposed concrete slabs 25 spring.gif (1526 bytes) inspect.gif (1926 bytes)
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Inspect for cracking. Seal to prevent water penetration.
Siding (Lifespan depends on Type) 10 - 100 spring.gif (1526 bytes) inspect.gif (1926 bytes)
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Clean all types of siding. Paint or seal if you have wood siding. (See exterior paints & stains.)
Drywall 30 - 70 inspect.gif (1926 bytes)
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Inspect, clean and paint for aesthetic purposes.
Roofing 15 - 30 spring.gif (1526 bytes)
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Inspect for missing or deteriorated shingles. Clean to remove mold buildup.**
Gutters and Down Spouts 30 spring.gif (1526 bytes)
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Remove debris.
Insulation 100+ fall.gif (1569 bytes) inspect.gif (1926 bytes) Inspect blown insulation in attic and check floor insulation (crawlspace) to assure that it is in place.
Windows 20 - 50 spring.gif (1526 bytes)
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Inspect and repair weather stripping. Inspect for broken seals in insulated glass. Clean exterior window frames.**
Exterior Doors 25- 50 spring.gif (1526 bytes) inspect.gif (1926 bytes)
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Clean and refinish when necessary. (See exterior paints & stains.)
Garage Doors 20 - 50 spring.gif (1526 bytes) inspect.gif (1926 bytes)
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Clean garage door. Lubricate moving parts. Paint or seal as necessary.**
Exterior Paints & Stains 7 -10 spring.gif (1526 bytes) inspect.gif (1926 bytes)
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Clean and inspect. Repaint and caulk if needed. **
Wood Floors 100+ inspect.gif (1926 bytes)
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Clean and wax.
Carpeting 11 inspect.gif (1926 bytes)
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Clean annually.
* All numbers are excerpted and condensed from: NAHB Life Expectancy Survey from "Housing, Facts, Figures"

** Use care if power washing. The high-pressure water can cause more harm than help if not used cautiously.

*** Leaks account for 15 to 20 percent of total indoor water use.


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