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If a chimney isn't maintained and cleaned regularly, it could cause a fire. If a chimney isn't maintained and cleaned regularly, it could cause a fire.
Regular wear and tear on shingles, if ignore, could result in serious roof damage. Regular wear and tear on shingles, if ignore, could result in serious roof damage.
Termites can cause costly damage to a home, so be sure to inspect for them annually. Termites can cause costly damage to a home, so be sure to inspect for them annually.
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Thousands of dollars can be saved by not skimping on certain home maintenance tasks each year. Here are a few to keep in mind:

1)    Check for mold on a regular basis. Top areas to check include the attic, basement, and bathrooms, or anywhere with poor ventilation. Clean your bathroom vent every 2-4 months to avoid back-up.

2)    A yearly H-VAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) tune-up by a professional can help prevent a furnace blower breakdown.

3)    "I've seen people who have to replace an entire wall because of termites," said Polyana da Costa with Bankrate.com. An annual termite inspection can save you the trouble.

4)    Have your chimney swept and inspected for cracks each year to avoid a fire.

5)    "Periodically, the dryer vent either needs to be cleaned out, or it needs to be really replaced if it's a flexible dryer vent," said Robert Weitz, an environmental inspector and founder of RTK Environmental Group.

6)    Clean out your gutters 4-6 times a year to prevent flooding and water damage.

7)    Have your roof inspected once a year to stay on top of deterioration.

8)    If you have a wood deck, be sure to power wash and seal it every 1-3 years, depending on use. Replacing an entire deck can cost $4-20,000!

Read about one homeowner's nightmare repairs in our WTOL 11 Special Report here.

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