Sponsored Question by Mr. Rooter: In the best cases, renovations are done to address a desire for a new space. Sometimes, however, remodeling projects are a result of a problem, which can be expensive and cumbersome to fix.

Unlike remodeling projects, preventative projects address problems before they becomes an issue. These preventative measures help homeowners avoid costly projects down the road. So what maintenance tasks are essential for homeowners? We ask our panel of experts to weigh in.

Why We’re Asking:

Mary Kennedy Thompson, president of Mr. Rooter, suggested our 5th Blog-Off question. Founded in 1974, Mr. Rooter is the largest fully-franchised plumbing and drain cleaning organization in the world, having grown to more than 300 franchise locations in the United States, Canada and Europe. The organization is made up of experts in residential and commercial plumbing services, who are united under the mission of professionalism, courtesy, and unparalleled customer service.

We asked Mary what inspired the question. She explained Mr. Rooter’s business is emergency driven. They often see emergency situations that become very costly. Usually, these emergencies could have been prevented if properly maintained.

“The single largest investment most people make in a lifetime is their home,” Mary explains. “If we can help prevent the need for emergency repairs, the homeowner can save a lot of money and keep their home a valuable asset.”

What preventive maintenance tasks are essential?

What are some common check-ups and maintenance projects homeowners should make sure they accomplish throughout the year?
What about uncommon, often overlooked tasks?
Most importantly, what could happen if these maintenance tasks are avoided or put off?
How does cost and skill level play into these preventative maintenance measures?
Which ones are most expensive and which are more affordable?
What skill level is needed for these tasks?
Should a homeowner consider hiring professional help?

Experts, post your answers in the comment field below!