Owning your own home is a joy. It’s your private sanctuary, a place to raise your children, and your safe space. But in addition to the initial cost of buying your house, you need to consider the maintenance cost. It is advised that you save at least 1% of your home’s value for repairs and upkeep per year. Saving like this will help when repairs are needed.
But you should seek the help of a professional if you notice specific issues.
You’re Feeling the Breeze
No matter your local weather, you need protection from the forces of nature. And although wind can cause damage to your home, you can feel a breeze where there is no wind. This is caused by failing windows and can potentially increase your utility bills. Bills can increase because you might need to use more heating than usual. You may need to compensate for a draught, and residual heat lost due to cracks, loose-fitting, and decaying seals.
You can check for draughts by placing an incense stick around the windows. Watch for where the smoke is either sucked or blown. This is an indication that your window needs repair or replacement. In many cases, you may only need new sealing. However, anything more severe than this needs to be carried out by a professional.
There’s Water where there Wasn’t Water Before
One of the worst things that can happen to your home is moisture. Excess moisture throughout your home can come in various forms, such as airborne moisture, rising damp, and leaks. All of these are hazardous in and of themselves. However, they can also cause severe problems like mold, rotting wood, and electrical issues. All of these can be fatal if neglected.
When left alone, mold can become so bad that it infects your lungs and causes respiratory issues. Rotting wood can erode the structural integrity of a house. And electrical problems can cause electrocution or ignition on contact and flashing, igniting gases in the air. To reduce dampness, you should ventilate your home as much as possible by opening windows and using dehumidifiers.
Strange Sounds that Aren’t Ghosts
If you hear things that go bump in the night, you very well might live in a haunted house. However, probably, you do not. While it’s common for some homes to make sounds, some can indicate serious problems. The materials used in house construction cause sounds. These sounds are usually the effect of contraction and expansion due to cooling and heating. Glass, wood, and concrete all expand and contract.
However, some sounds may be cause for concern. Buzzing is of great concern as it usually indicates a severe electrical fault. An arc fault, to be precise. Arc faults are dangerous as they can interrupt the breaker signal and cause loose electrical wires to stay alive. In turn, these can spark or ignite, causing electrical fires. Also, running water and creaking of pipes means you want to call a plumber ASAP. In addition to the problems mentioned above, if your wastewater pipes were to burst, let’s just say the stuff won’t be hitting the fan but would rather be all over your home.