Sometimes you can go for years without experiencing a glitch, and when issues with your home appear, it’s hard to know which to tackle first. When you have to choose, prioritize your safety first. After that, undertake the repairs that cause intermittent problems with your home’s structure.
Fix faulty wiring first. Your safety could be at stake. According to the National Fire Protection Agency, the majority of home fires are electrical in origin. If you notice flickering lights, have circuit breakers that trip frequently, or smell burnt rubber, contact an electrician immediately. Turn off the circuit breaker and unplug any appliances or devices the circuit breaker serves.
It’s human nature to ignore plumbing when it’s working as it should, and that may lay the groundwork for problems down the road. Faucet leaks are relatively easy and harmless, but plumbing leaks in the walls, from toilets or bathtubs, can be serious. Slow drains can turn into clogged pipes over time, and blocked sewer lines are a huge health hazard.
Aging windows drive up energy costs quickly, especially if they have gaps or cracks around the frames or don’t close tightly. New windows prevent much of the heat transfer that takes place between your home and the outdoors and also block noise transmission. The investment in window replacement not only pays off in lower energy bills but also in the value of your home when it’s time to sell by improving its appearance.
Roofs have constant exposure to the elements and may need repairs for leaks or new shingles. Gutters that don’t drain or ice dams can create excessive amounts moisture around the roof’s edges. Heavy rainstorms, wind, or hail also damage the roof. Water will seep into the attic where it promotes mold growth, which will rot the insulation and the wood framing.
Holes or cracks in the foundation can eventually undermine your home’s structure. They serve as entry points for insects and vermin, as well as moisture. You may also need to check the gutters and the slope of your yard against the foundation to prevent water from building around the foundation walls that might be causing the cracking.
Safety is the cardinal consideration for almost all home repairs, followed by your comfort and ongoing energy costs. While most issues with the roof and foundation don’t impact your home safety, they can drastically affect your wallet over time and turn into more severe problems. If you have a repair needed in one of the above areas, call a repairman and get it taken care of today.