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Home Health Checklist – North Carolina Property Guide

To keep your home in North Carolina healthy for years to come, it’s essential to look over sensitive areas like your foundation, basement, crawl space, and any concrete slabs around your property.

The health of your home can directly correlate with the health of its occupants. Along with that, if your home is not in good health, it could affect the overall soundness of your property. 

Unfortunately, damages in the most sensitive areas of your home can slowly creep up on you if you are not diligent with home inspections. Looking for warning signs and diagnosing damages can save you time, money, and stress.  

This checklist can help you identify damages and warning signs within your home’s foundation, basement, crawl space, and concrete slabs. 


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Maintaining a Healthy Home

Your home’s health has wide-reaching effects, which is why it’s essential to inspect the most sensitive areas. For example, moisture in your basement or crawl space can lead to mold growth, which can lead to respiratory problems or worsening asthma for you or your family. 

The health of your home also affects the overall soundness of your property. Underlying issues with your home’s foundation or concrete slabs can lead to overwhelming damages. For instance, cracked foundation walls can allow moisture in, which may cause flooding in your home. 

Additionally, a crawl space that is not sealed could cause your energy bills to rise, and other damages to quickly pop up unnoticed. 

Structural Health and Your Home’s Foundation

The health of your property starts with the ground level. With that, your home’s foundation and structural health are essential in keeping a structurally sound building. 

If foundation issues go unnoticed or unrepaired for too long, the value of your home could decrease by 30 percent if you ever wanted to put it back on the market. Luckily, if you happen to have damage, there are many foundation repair solutions to explore. Contact your local foundation specialists for a free inspection today.

Keep an eye out for these foundation damages on your property:

  • Foundation heave
  • Jamming or sticking windows and doors
  • Settlement sinking
  • Cracking or leaning chimney
  • Uneven floor
  • Vertical, horizontal, diagonal, or stair-step wall cracks
  • Drywall nail pops
  • Bowing walls
  • Floor cracks

Pay Attention to Crawl Space Health

Keeping a healthy crawl space is vital so that no underlying issues make their way into the upper levels of your home. 

After all, the air quality in the lower level of your home directly influences the air quality in the upper levels and may affect your family. Called the “stack effect,” experts have determined that up to 50 percent of the air you breathe on the first floor of your home comes directly from your crawl space.

With this area being even more sensitive than a basement, it’s best to keep a close eye for any of the following crawl space damages:

  • Mold growth
  • Humidity
  • Termites or other unwanted pests
  • Moisture or water
  • Wood rot
  • Condensation
  • Sagging floors
  • Musty or unpleasant odors
  • Open crawl space vents
  • High electric bills
  • Foundation cracks
  • Floor joist issues

If you notice one or more of these damage warning signs, call for your local crawl space repair specialists today. 

Look Over Your Basement Health

Your basement health is also vital to the health of your home and its occupants. Basement wall cracks can allow flooding, resulting in possible severe damages to your home and any personal property you have in the lower level of your home. 

Waterproofing your basement is one important step in protecting your home from the elements. Some solutions include sump pumps, drainage systems, and dehumidifiers. 

If you have any of these basement damages, it’s time to call your local basement waterproofing experts:

  • Leaking basement windows
  • Wall crack
  • Floor cracks
  • Humidity
  • Mold growth
  • Musty or unpleasant odors
  • Poor drainage
  • Sump pump issues
  • Wet walls or floors
  • Swelling or warped doors
  • Efflorescence 

Check Concrete Areas on Your Property

Finally, one of the last areas to inspect on your property is your concrete slabs. Concrete cracking, sinking, and unevenness can cause tripping hazards to you and your home’s guests. Additionally, concrete damage may also lead to drainage or moisture issues within your home. 

Cracked and damaged concrete is an eyesore to your property and may even lower the value of your home. Repairs are essential if you notice cracking or sinking in these areas of your property:

  • Driveway
  • Patio
  • Pool deck
  • Sidewalks
  • Interior concrete slabs
  • Garage

The health of your home starts at the ground level. If you have damage to your home’s most sensitive areas, contact your local foundation experts at Dry Pro for help with your basement, crawl space, and concrete repair needs. You can also schedule your free inspection today.   

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