Well, 2020 was certainly a year to remember (or forget). With it came sweeping changes from how we do everything from work to recreation to household chores. Many important things were deemed “non-essential activities”, leaving certain necessary but not critical tasks delayed until now.
Common home repair and maintenance chores are one good example. Things that could be handled with a simple trip to the hardware store and a weekend afternoon had to continually be put off as quarantines and lockdowns persisted.
Now, with winter over and the world beginning to open back up, some of these responsibilities have become more urgent.
What Needs to Be Addressed Most in Your Home?
For most people, the projects they want to tackle first are usually esthetic. This is because most of us have been staring at the same four walls for several months and the monotony has had a significant impact on the way we look at our living spaces. This makes a “change of scenery” a top priority for many homeowners. These tasks may include:
While these are all very valid chores which may or may not need to be addressed, there could be much more pressing issues that need to be dealt with first.
What About Concrete or Foundation Work?
On top of the fact that most people already haven’t been able to perform as much upkeep to their property as they might like, it is also the time of year where concrete and foundational issues need to be addressed anyway.
As the winter months begin to pass and spring draws closer, the effects of all the rain, sleet, snow, and road salt will begin to show. Concrete is a porous material, meaning that it absorbs water.
During the winter months, this water goes through a continuous freeze-thaw cycle. This compromises the integrity of the concrete. It commonly leads to cracking and spalling. When this happens, it can lead to the continual deterioration of the concrete until properly repaired.
Simple Problems You Can Fix Yourself
Garage floors, basements, driveways, backyard structures, and even the foundation of your house can all have concrete issues. Some of these problems you may be able to take care of yourself. For example, non-structural cracks can be fixed with a simple waterproofing epoxy or polymer injection
Potentially Serious Problems That May Need Professional Attention
On the other hand, there are even more concrete issues that it is best to leave to the experts. While it is understandable that you may be raring to get out of the house and be productive, when it comes to issues that can have such a significant impact on your home and property, why not let professionals who guarantee their work handle it for you?
If you find yourself staring at a list of maintenance and repair chores that may require a little bit more expertise than you have, simply give us a call today and we would be happy to come out and lend a hand.