Home Repairs that Demand Your Immediate Attention
There are certain issues that, if they arise in your home, you should never, ever ignore. Doing so could cause your home to deteriorate rapidly, and in some cases even cause a risk to the health and safety of you and your whole family.
Here are some of the most worrying home repairs that demand your immediate attention:
A Leaking Roof
If you notice that there are patches of discoloration on your roof, or there is water dripping from the ceiling, you need to act now because a leaking roof can cause structural damage to the property, which could not only lead to unsafe rotting beams or the growth of unhealthy mold but which could lead to huge repair bills in the future. Even if you have to take out home improvement loans or payday loans or borrow money from family to get it fixed in the short term, you will still be better off because the problem will only continue to worsen the longer you leave it. A good contractor will be able to sort out the problem very quickly, so don’t delay in calling one out the second you notice a problem.
Whether you’ve noticed a line of ants crawling under the baseboards in the kitchen or there are rat droppings in the attic, you can’t just bury your head in the sand and pretend that you don’t have a problem. You might only have one rat in the attic right now, but very soon you’ll have an infestation and critters who don’t belong in the home can cause untold damage. You may be able to solve the problem yourself by setting down traps and laying poison, but, if you can afford it, calling in a professional pest controller will get rid of the problem more quickly, and ensure that your wires and floorboards aren’t chewed, and your kitchen doesn’t become a glorified ant’s nest, best.
If the trees in your yard have grown so out of control that you can hear them tapping on the windows or brushing against your property’s walls, it is undoubtedly time to trim them down to size a little. Trees that are left to grow out of control are likely to crack and break the tiles on your roof, interfere with your home’s siding, deposit leaves into the gutters in huge quantities and may even end up breaking your windows in storm. So, go to the garage, pick up your ladder and a saw and start trimming those branches right now. It will save you a lot of time and money in future home repairs if you get on top of it now.
If, the next time you’re down in the basement, You notice there are cracks in the wall oron the floors, it’s a sure-fire sign that you have a problem with your home’s drainage, and you may even be dealing with subsidence. This is a problem that is only ever going to get worse, so don’t make the mistake of waiting until you can afford a repair, even if it means taking out a home improvement loan to sort out the problem. It really isn’t worth letting the structural integrity of your home deteriorate, when that will only cause you bigger problems as time goes by.
Cracked Roof Shingles
If the shingles on your roof are cracked, loose or missing altogether, you simply must tackle the problem immediately because, if you don’t moisture could find its way inside your home where it could very well rot your wooden beams or cause damp and mold to take hold.
A Noisy HVAC
If you HVAC is making unusual noises, such as loud thumping or untypical banging, it could be a sign that the blower motor, compressor or system belts are in need of repair and this could cause your system to stop functioning completely, and maybe even cause a health risk to you if you don’t sort it fast. Ideally, you should have your HVAC system checked out a couple of times a year anyway, but even if you don’t so that, hearing these noises should prompt you to call out a suitable contractor.
Worn Out Hardwood Floors
If your hardwood floors are starting to look worn, it’s probably a good idea for you to act to have them refinished immediately, because, although it won’t really harm your home,if you leave it until the floor is completely worn, when the time comes to have it sorted, you will probably find that it’s in such bad condition that it cannot be re-sanded and you will be looking at a whole floor replacement, which could have been so easily avoided.
A Wobbly Deck
If you have decking in your yard, and you’ve noticed that it has started to feel a bit more wobbly and insecure than usual, get down on your hands and knees and check the nuts and bolts fixing it to your home.If these are loose or otherwise in a bad state of repair, it’s time for some DIY because, loose decking can and does cause accidents if it is left as it is.
Mold is the scourge of many homes.Once it has been allowed to take root, it can be very difficult to stop it from spreading and it can weaken your walls when it isn’t dealt with swiftly. More importantly, certain kinds of mold,particularly black mold, can be very detrimental to your health,causing chest infections and worsening medical issues like asthma, which is why you should never, under any circumstances, wait to have it sorted out when you spot the initial signs in your home.
Standing Water in the Garden
Standing water that stays present in your home for hours, even days following rainfall is an indicator that you have serious drainage issues,and this could cause your foundation to be weakened over time,so call in a drainage expert the second you see standing water settle on your property.
If you notice any signs of any of these problems, don’t put off until tomorrow what you could sort today. Chances are you will regret it if you do.