If you’ve lived in Florida for any length of time, you already know about how beautiful this state is. Unfortunately, you also know that Florida is prone to hurricanes, tropical storms, and searing summer temperatures, all of which can take a devastating toll on any residence. For first-time home buyers, this can really put a damper on things (no pun intended). Consequently, home inspection services routinely find defects in home structures and other issues as well. The following are some of the common defects that are related to Florida’s climate.
Damaged and/or leaking roofs – another casualty of Florida’s climate is damaged or leaking roofs. Because of the excessive heat and harsh winds, Florida roofs can take a severe beating and shorten a roof’s lifespan. So, when it’s time to hire a professional roofer to replace it, be prepared to pay a fair amount for it.
Outdated home maintenance – staying on top of preventative home maintenance is a common problem in Florida. No matter how much you dread this task, it’s critical that you have it done unless you want to be repairing cracked driveways, replacing flooring, or spending a lot of money on a total makeover. And if you cannot do it all on your own, it helps to hire professionals to get the repair work evaluated and completed.
Plumbing problems – many Florida homeowners notice that their water pressure that their drainage has slowed considerably, there is water in the ceiling, or that their water pressure isn’t as strong as it used to be. While it’s an all too common problems in many Florida homes, these issues can be avoided with regular maintenance such as cleaning their drains and repairing pipe leaks.
Poor A/C maintenance – the unspoken truth about living in Florida? You can’t survive without air conditioning. As a result, we use our A/C more than any other state in the US. Ironically, we never seem to find the time to have preventative maintenance done on our A/C units. Consequently, filters don’t get cleaned when they should and leaks develop in the ductwork. Thus, subscribing to air conditioning maintenance services becomes important.
Water damage – water damage is one of the most common factors related to Florida’s climate because of the potential for constant high humidity and heavy rainfall. Since so many homes contain a high percentage of wood, regular caulking and painting can help control the amount of water damage that a home suffers. Unless you’re a skilled DIY’er, this type of home maintenance can get costly if you hire professionals to do the work.
To learn more about these issues, call Florida Inspections Unlimited at 305-910-1171.