4 House Repairs You Can’t Ignore

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Let’s face it, sometimes life gets in the way of timely house repairs; whether you’ve been meaning to get around to it or you simply don’t have the time – chances are every home owner has an extensive list of work that needs to get done. While there are certain situations when putting off a repair might not cause major issues (for instance, repairing a patch in the drywall), however, there are other times that delaying your project can cause you thousands of dollars in damage. To help you determine the importance, we’ve compiled the top four house repairs you can’t ignore.

1) Dark Spots or Bubbles in the Ceiling

While you might believe a dark brown (or grey) spot is nothing more than an unsightly cosmetic issue, there’s a good chance there’s more going on behind the wall. Darkened spots, especially newly appearing ones) can be a sign of a leak, drip or moisture trapped behind the wall. This leak can cause considerable damage if ignored – affecting the drywall, studs, load-bearing beams and more. Not only that, if there’s a considerable leak behind the wall, you might be exposing yourself to a fire hazard.

2) Clogged, Leaking or Dripping Eaves troughs

A leaking eaves trough can cause serious damage to the property if left untreated; from allowing water to pool at the foundation (instead of bringing the water away from the home), rotting any wooden beams or decks beneath and causing corrosion at the joints of the roof (where the eaves trough is attached. While it might seem like a complicated project, it’s important to remember that repairing a hole is easier than replacing the beams in your roof.

3) A Dripping Toilet or Faucet

Not only do dripping toilets waste water and increase your utilities, it can also cause major damage beneath the floor boards. Causing expensive house repairs. Moisture can rot the wood supporting the floor causing a weakened beam or structure. What’s more, a leaking toilet can cause mould to form within the floor which would require a complete gut of the property to repair and remove.

4) Flickering Lights within the Home

Regardless of the appliances you’re using, lights and appliances should never flicker or short out while you’re using them. If you blow a fuse using too many items at the same time, there’s a good likelihood you’ll need to replace the electrical panel within your home.

While a new breaker box can add up in terms of financial obligation, it’s important to remember that flickering lights can also be a sign of old or damaged wiring. Have a certified electrician investigate the cause and have it repaired as quickly as possible.

 

While there are some house repairs that can definitely wait to be addressed, it’s important to understand the crucial items that need to be fixed in a timely fashion. By ensuring your repairs are done quickly, you’ll prevent an exponentially expensive house repairs, over something that would have cost you much less had you acted quickly.

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