There are times when you might be tempted to put off home repairs due to your busy schedule or finances and leave it for later down the road. This may work for some minor problems, but there are some home repairs that should not be ignored as it may lead to thousands of dollars in repairs and problems that may even compromise your health.
Here are some home repairs that you’ll want to look out for to avoid potential deeper problems:
Water damage: If you see a leak anywhere, you need to get it fixed right away. Things like leaky faucets, running toilets and other small plumbing issues will just get worse with time. Other things to keep an eye out for are stains on your ceiling, white powdery stuff that grows on your bricks or foundation, or a musty smell in your house. All of these things are red flags that you have a problem with leaking water and the damage can be severe.
Another area where problems can lead to major repairs is with the roof and siding. On your roof look for loose, cracked, curled or missing shingles, attic leaks, or chimney issues. Siding is also susceptible to leaks, especially where it meets windows and doors. Look for mushrooms or fungus growing out of siding, a sign that possible moisture is in the walls.
Checking your house for mould and mildew is one of the most important things to do in your home’s upkeep because it affects your family’s health. Musty odours, dank air, and family members with chronic runny noses are warning signs. Be sure to check under carpets and around windows for visible mould or mildew.
Be aware of any foundation cracks. Some cracks are harmless yet some can lead to major problems. Use a ruler to measure the crack and if it is wider than 3/16”, even vertical ones, it can be a problem. Mark smaller cracks with tape and keep track of their progress.
Just remember – the longer you wait to correct a problem, the more costly it will be. Taking care of these repairs now will help you avoid structural damage, protect your family from health problems and ultimately save you money down the road.