Five Hidden Parts of Your Home That Need Regular Maintenance

When you buy a house, you suddenly become a handy person, ready to fix things before they become big issues. But even the most attentive homeowner tends to focus on the obvious problems, like roof leaks or failing air conditioning units. Houses are designed to hide their inner workings from you, which means that many critical aspects of your home are out of sight and out of mind. While many parts of your home are designed to last a long time, they still need regular maintenance to ensure they stay in good condition. Here are five hidden parts of your home that need regular attention:


Wiring is one of the most overlooked aspects of home maintenance. The wiring in your walls and under your floors has a lifespan of about 50-70 years. Frayed or worn-out insulation can lead to electrical fires. Have a licensed electrician check your wiring every 10 years.


Pipes carrying water in your walls can last anywhere from 30 years (PEX pipes) to more than 50 years (copper or brass). Periodically inspect your pipes for signs of corrosion, leaks, or other issues.


Insulation materials should last more than 100 years, but they can still degrade over time. Check your insulation for signs of damage, mold, or pest infestation every 15 years.


Gutters can fail in as little as 20 years, depending on the material. Aluminum, steel, or vinyl gutters can last 20-40 years. Inspect your gutters annually for rust, cracks, or other damage.


A poured concrete foundation, common in modern homes, is expected to last about 80 to 90 years. Regular inspections and repairs of minor cracks can help extend the life of your foundation.

Maintaining these hidden parts of your home can help prevent costly repairs and ensure your home stays safe and comfortable for years to come.

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