Dealing with Issues in Your Home

As a homeowner, you will eventually experience problems with your home. These issues arise from either poor maintenance or wear and tear. Whichever the case, it’s important to address problems before they become worse and costly to fix. Here are five common home concerns to watch out for.

Mold in the Home

Mold grows in moist environments with low light and poor ventilation. Under the sink and in the shower are prime locations where mold will thrive. Mold is a common allergen and can lead to respiratory problems.

While there are some effective products that will get rid of mold, there might be leaks in your home that are giving mold an opportunity to grow. Consult a mold expert for serious cases and they will help you resolve it.

Common Home Concerns Involving Electricity

Electrical problems can arise at any time. Some of the more common electrical issues in a home are tripped circuit breakers and electrical surges. To avoid tripping a breaker, don’t use several high-wattage items together on a single circuit. Check your circuit breaker to see what items and rooms are on a circuit.

Another one of the common home concerns is an electrical surge. Surges happen from lightning strikes and when there’s damage to power lines. Other causes include bad electrical wiring and faulty appliances. To protect important sensitive electronics, use a surge protector.

Pest Infestations

It’s not uncommon for homeowners to have problems with pests. Failing to address an infestation can result in costly damage. Some of the more common household pests include termites, rats, mice, and cockroaches.

The best way to stay on top of pest problems is to identify the major signs of an infestation. Common indicators are chewed wiring, droppings, or a strong odor in your home. While there are DIY solutions like traps for ants and mice, serious infestations require a professional to eliminate the pests.

Common Home Concerns Involve the Heating and Cooling Systems

Another common home concern is heating or cooling system failure. This most often occurs because of wear and tear on the system. Poor maintenance can also be a reason for HVAC malfunction.

Install a programmable thermostat to manage the temperature indoors, change air filters regularly, and have your unit serviced before using the AC and again before using the heat.

Flaking or Cracked Exterior Paint

Flaking is common, especially in older houses. Paint improves the aesthetics of your home and also protects the siding underneath. Failing to fix a crack or chip will allow moisture to affect the siding and may contribute to mold growth.

Fix areas of cracked or damaged paint by sanding the area and repairing any gaps with wood filler. After treating the surface, repaint it with high-quality paint.

As a homeowner, it’s best to resolve common home concerns before they escalate to serious repairs. Scheduling regular home inspections will help you make sure you are up-to-date on issues with your home’s major systems and components.

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