As a homeowner, you want to protect the investment you have made in your house. One of the most important things you can do is address critical problems quickly. While some things, like painting or upgrading dated appliances can wait, some others should be taken care of as soon as possible.
In this informative article, Consumer Reports lists 5 home repairs you shouldn’t ignore. Failure to fix these problems quickly can lead to very costly problems in the future. The five listed are:
- Runaway rainwater: This can indicate problems with your gutters, downspouts or leader pipes. According to the article, you should “check the entire gutter system seasonally for proper pitch and for clogs, corrosion, broken fasteners, and separation between connections and where gutters meet the fascia board.”
- Roof and siding: Roofs are constantly exposed to the elements. Be on the lookout for cracked, curled or missing shingles and for cracks in the flashing around chimneys, vents and skylights. If you have siding on your house, be sure to check for leaks, particularly around windows and doors. Caulking can fix this problem quickly and inexpensively.
- Pest Infestations: Some of the most damaging pests are termites and carpenter. Once they infiltrate a home, they can cause significant destruction to the house’s structure in a matter of just a few years. If you suspect termites or ants are in your home, call an exterminator immediately to assess and remedy the situation. Other pests such as rodents, squirrels, and birds can cause damage to your soffits and attic vents, so be sure to have this problem handled quickly as well.
- Mold and mildew: Mold and mildew can affect any home. In addition to leading to dank air and musty odors, they can cause chronic health problems to you and your family. Consumer Reports does not recommend that you use mold tests that are sold online or in home centers, as their tests on them showed significant flaws. They recommend that for small outbreaks of mold, you treat it yourself with a bleach and water solution while wearing an N-95 disposable respirator, goggles and heavy duty gloves. Larger outbreaks will require that you hire a professional.
- Foundation cracks: While some cracks are harmless, others can lead to big trouble. Home inspector James Katen recommends walking around your house with a No. 2 pencil. “If the penceil can go into the crack up to the yellow paint on the pencil, that’s a pretty wide crack and might be a sign of a major problem.” Treat smaller, hairline cracks with an epoxy-injection system and call a professional to assess larger cracks. But do not delay. As CR says, “The longer you wait to correct a problem, the more costly it will be.”
Learn more by reading the full article here.
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