Our homes are probably the only place where we can feel safe and protected no matter what. But some homes are not safe in general, and we are the ones, who must turn them into a good place to live in. Sometimes the problems are so well disguised, that we usually learn about them when it’s already too late. And this negligence always costs us a lot. If you want to avoid such unpleasant situations in the future, you should learn to notice the small things which can possibly cause big problems in your house, before they do it. This is not an easy task, and you need to know what to look for to succeed. But no worries, I’ve gathered this small list with the most common problems, which should help you a lot.
Pests. The pests are a serious problem for every house or apartment, and it’s usually very late when we notice them. The pests like cockroaches, mice, rats, bed bugs and all the others, usually come to our homes looking for the same things we do – shelter and food. But while they get what they need in our homes, they also bring many diseases, some of which can be even deadly to us. Also, they cause a lot of property damage, like small holes, infested mattresses, which need to be thrown away, chewed food and furniture, and many more. Therefore, you should look out for any signs of infestations and get rid of them while there’s still time.
Leaky pipes. The leaking pipes can also be a small thing, which can cause a lot of damage to every house. Some leaks are quite noticeable, but sometimes if the crack is very small, the leak can be almost unnoticeable, and before you know it, the place will be full of mould, and your house will be a wreck. Therefore, you should conduct regular checks on your pipes, to make sure they are functional. If you want to avoid potential problems, you can always insulate them. This will also help for the winter freezing.
Clogged gutters. The gutters are just another part of the house, which many people forget about and neglect. But this small thing can practically be the general cause for mould, damaged roof, leaks and many other problems, which can lead to serious property damage, which will cost you a lot of money to fix. If you want to avoid gutter damage, you must check and clean all the dead leaves and tree branches from there at least twice a year – in spring and in fall.
Small cracks. The small cracks on the walls and around windows are always a bad sign. At first, they may seem small, but you can be sure that they will grow bigger with time, causing lots of structural damage to the entire property. The appearance of these cracks can have many explanations, including uneven ground and shifting soil. This is a very serious problem and you should investigate it.
Drafts. If you feel any drafts in the house, this could mean that your windows are not well insulated and are letting cold air inside. This can lead to condensation problems, mould and even health problems for you. So, make sure your windows are well installed.