Home might be where the heart is, but it’s also the place where you can sink a lot of cash into repairs. Even when you take a proactive approach to fix things, the costs can add up quickly.
The best habit you can start is to begin a monthly inspection of your home. Go from the top to the bottom, looking for potential issues that might be developing.
When you’re performing that inspection, here are the red-flag problems to watch for each month.
What Home Issues Can’t Be Ignored When They’re Found?
1. Pest Invasions
When you see any pests invading your home, it is time to take action. It doesn’t matter if the evidence shows mouse droppings or ants on the counters. You’ll want to check all the HVAC grills to ensure they’re in good shape, along with the condensate lines, exhaust vents, access panels, garage doors, and any other entry.
2. Mold Growth
It’s common to find some mold lingering in the bathroom or the kitchen. Where it shouldn’t be spotted is on the walls or ceiling of any other room. You’ll want to call for a professional evaluation if you spot the green stuff coming out of your drywall.
An inspector can tell you if the mold cleanup work is something you can do yourself or if a remediation company would be a better choice.
3. Warped Floors
Most homes settle naturally as they age. Some floor warpage happen because of this issue, but you should never treat this symptom as a harmless outcome. Take a look in your crawlspace or basement to see if there’s a water leak that requires fixing.
There could be an issue with bracing or structural support that failed. Repairing that problem quickly can save you from having extensive repairs later.
4. Damaged Shingles
If your home has asphalt shingles, you’ll want to inspect the roof to see if the edges of each one are in good condition. When any damage signs are present, you must act immediately. Even a small leak can turn into a major repair when enough water gets into your attic or top floor.
5. HVAC Noises
The most common issue with HVAC symptoms involves a clogged filter. When the system doesn’t get enough airflow through it, the efficiency rate can drop dramatically. You might hear whistles, clunks, clanks, or other sounds. Anything that is unusual should be investigated by a professional to ensure there isn’t a big repair waiting.
It also helps to have an HVAC checkup inspection and tune-up appointment twice per year to ensure everything works correctly.
6. Smelly Drains
Unpleasant smells coming from the bathroom could be signs of a significant problem. If you have gurgles when running water through the sink, you might have a removable blockage that a plunger or snake can handle. When you don’t use a drain a lot, running water through it can help the problem. If the smells or noise persists, it’s time to investigate your vent pipe.
7. Pipe Condensation
The coldest spot in the house is usually the crawlspace of the basement. That means you get warm, moist air coming inside that condenses on the surfaces there, including the pipes. Dripping water raises the humidity levels to the extent where mold growth can occur. Try adding some foam insulation around the problem areas while making sure all the vents to the outside stay closed.
Heavy condensation that leads to standing water must be addressed. You’ll want to pump out the excess water to prevent ongoing problems.
8. Sagging Roof
A sagging roofline on an older home is a significant problem that requires immediate attention. It happens a lot when the materials there have dried out, but it’s also a sign that something broke. The last thing you want is to have rotten sheathing that doesn’t get addressed. Once this problem occurs, a professional contractor is often needed to fix it.
9. Dripping Faucet
A dripping faucet might seem like a minor issue, but it can cause a lot of water waste that eventually impacts your utility costs. Actively check under cabinets and behind appliances (like the dishwasher) to make sure there isn’t anything creating a big problem. Some drips are fixable by tightening the fixture’s components, but it might be necessary to replace an older product with something new.
Home inspections might take some time out of a weekend afternoon, but they can also save you thousands of dollars in preventable repairs. That means it is always time that’s well spent!