Time and Maintenance: Or When does "I'll get around to it " become "i wish i had made time"?
"A stitch in 9 saves time". Most of us have heard this saying and have an idea of what it means, however encyclopedia.com has the definition that is a perfect fit for what I am addressing today. "stitch in time saves nine, a proverbial saying, early 18th century; meaning that a small but timely intervention will ensure against the need for much more substantial repair later...." I started thinking about this subject a couple of days ago while I sat in my shed, hands covered in gas, skinned knuckles, scattered tools tripping me constantly and the air blue with ahhh.....encouraging words. I finally managed to get this little bugger removed.
What is that thing you may ask? This is the business part of a fuel pump assembly for my off road motorcycle. All the brown gunk is the result of the bike sitting for several months and the fuel eventually separating. For $3 and making the time I could have saved myself many hours of frustration, trouble shooting and eventually having to replace this assemble at no small cost. A fuel stabilizer would have most likely prevented this issue. "Cameron, what the heck does this have to do with home inspections?" Excellent question, and I'm glad you asked. Getting out of the shower after cleaning up I noticed that the caulking between the wall and shower surround had developed a crack and was staring to separate.
Not a huge deal at all and I could fix this pretty easily. A quick note, I would never classify myself as a handy guy , I have the ability to turn any one hour "fix it" project into 4 hours, 3 trips to the hardware store and usually a band aid or two. However in this case I am pretty sure I can replace the caulking, it will likely not be pretty, but it will be done. Caulk performs a very important function helping to keep water from places it doesn't belong. It would probably take a significant amount of time for damage to occur in this location, however it will happen. It would take me around five minutes to keep it from ever becoming an issue. The following picture is of drywall that has water damage, more than likely do to an absence or failure of caulking. You think it will take more than 5 minutes and a four dollar tube of caulking to fix that? We all have busy lives, but we often wait far to long to address things early on and receive unpleasant and usually expensive surprises . Lest you think I am preaching from an Ivory Tower, I actually noticed my caulking issue 3 weeks ago and didn't think more about it until I got the bill for my new fuel pump assembly. It's my list of things to do today, or maybe tomorrow when I have more time....;)
My name is Cameron R. Westbrook, and I am the owner of CR Westbrook InspectionsLLC, based in Bellingham, Washington and providing service to Whatcom, Skagit and Island Counties. I enjoy hiking, motorcycles, walking my niece and nephew to school in the mornings and too many other things to list that this area has to offer.