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Prevention is Better than a Cure


I remember when I was a kid my grandma used to say “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” and I had no idea what that meant. How could you measure prevention and what was a pound of cure? What cure? Now I am older and I know that it’s better to prevent the worst from happening than to try and repair damage once it is done. My grandpa would have said that is “closing the barn door after the horse got away.” Preventing termite damage is easier than trying to catch up once damage is done. My grandma used to call the process of catch up “the hurrier I go the behinder I get.” I think that many home owners feel that way today, there was no book written explaining what they would be getting themselves into when they bought their house.

When you buy a new car it comes with a book that details all of the assets and all of the maintenance involved in keeping your car. When you buy a home it does not come with an instruction manual. The paint is good and the appliances work; the plumbing and electric have been checked out and passed the inspection. You move all of your belongings in and feel at home, as you’re supposed to. Many systems will never fail; others seem to go bad all at once, leaving a homeowner wondering what happened. We all know that we have to replace light bulbs, but no one tells you when the code changes mean you need a new hot water heater instead of a repair.

That’s what happened to me last year. My hot water heater was supposed to last for ten years but the thermal couple failed after only five. If that had happened a year earlier I could have gotten a new hot water heater and made payments. The new code was such that repair and replacement were no longer possible. The gas company was not able to get the proper permit to install one outside, as the new code demanded and so I was stuck with a malfunctioning water heater for over a year. If I had known there would be a problem I might have had the water heater replaced when I had the chance, but who can predict the future?

Luckily for me the rules changed just as my hot water limped to a halt last month. I signed a waiver for the permit and may owe a fine one day, but I have reliable hot water again. No one told me that these things could happen.

Termites are usually the last thing anyone thinks of when they buy their home. Most states have laws in place that require a termite bond on the home when it is sold. Some homeowners think that bond makes their home safe from termites, but the bond is only as strong as the contract and maintenance. If you do not maintain the bond then your home may not be protected. If you haven’t had a termite inspection yet this year, then it’s time to take your ounce of prevention. Close the barn door before the horse runs away. Termite control in Gilbert starts you off on the right foot with a free termite inspection. That way, in the future, you may not find that the hurrier you go the behinder you get, because you won’t be chasing down a pound of cure.



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Termite Control Arizona

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