It is important that every home owner makes an effort to have his or her home checked every few years and a few important renovations done. In many cases, you may not even notice that your house is deteriorating however there may be severe deterioration taking place beyond the extent that you can see with your naked eye. In fact, this deterioration usually gets worse and worse with time meaning that if you fail to check your home every few years, you might be surprised with a very big and expensive repair later on. In fact, this is the best case scenario because not checking your house or having it inspected by a professional every few years can put your own life and also the lives of your family in danger.
Hire a professional
In most cases, you will not be able to see most of the cracks and deterioration that has occurred but a professional structural engineer will be able to see it at first glance because he is experienced in recognizing the signs of deterioration, he has a trained eye and mostly because he knows where to look. If you have a roof access, your structural engineer will also be able to go up on to your roof to check for signs of deterioration on your roof. In many cases, you might find that the wood that makes up your roof may have been eaten by termites and may have become weak. This means that your family and you are in grave danger of having a large wooden beam collapsing on you.
It would be useful to have a roof access ladder always on hand so that you too can check your roof and your wooden beams from time to time however it is also important for you to remember that you can easily fall off your roof and that climbing on your roof can be extremely dangerous if you do not know what you are doing.
If your engineer finds cracks in your floor or your walls, you may need to take immediate measures to hire some builders who can break the floor or the wall at the area where the crack has appeared and re fix it with cement in a secure way. These cracks will always get worse with time and they will only be visible to the naked eye when they have gotten extremely bad at which time it can get a lot worse. Sadly most home owners notice these cracks when it is already too late which causes them to have to break entire walls down.