May 15, 2017

3 Easily Avoidable Home Disasters

Housing repairs can be a real curveball. If a pipe suddenly bursts without warning, you’ll have to deal with all of the fallout, not to mention paying a huge bill to have it fixed. These sorts of disasters can happen anytime, and the chances are, you probably hadn’t planned for it. It’s likely to cause all sorts of problems with your schedule and your budget. You might think that there’s no way of dealing with home repair disasters. They just happen and there’s nothing you can do about it, right? Well, maybe not. With a bit of foresight, you can prevent disaster from ever happening in the first place. Here are some of the most common disasters that can happen around the home, and how to combat them. 




Foundations

The bedrock of your house is the foundations. They hold everything together so if something bad happens, you’re likely to be in a lot of trouble. There are a lot of tell-tale signs that can help you to identify foundation issues before they become a major issue. The key to damage limitation is to act before it is too late. If it ain't broke - it still might need replacing! If you notice sloping walls or floors, and large cracks in the walls, alarm bells should be ringing. Another lesser known sign is doors that are difficult to close. That can also be caused by hinges that are out of line so don’t jump the gun every time a door gets a bit stiff.

Mold

Paying for somebody to get rid of damp and mold can be very expensive. It’s also a health hazard, but there’s no need for it to get to that point. It’s fairly easy to prevent, and a lot cheaper if you sort it before it can spread. Most mold is caused by having too much moisture. Any leaks that you have should be plugged immediately. If you get a lot of condensation in certain rooms in your house, consider investing in a dehumidifier to stop mold from forming. Once you have a mold problem, it becomes much harder to get rid of. Stopping it early will save you a lot of hassle in the future. 



Water Damage

If you’ve got a mold problem then it might be a symptom of a larger water damage issue. As well as mold, water damage can lead to a whole host of other problems so letting it get too bad is going to cost you. Areas of the house that have a lot of wood in them are especially susceptible so make sure to keep a close eye on them. Make sure to look out for any areas that might appear wet, even the smallest patch could turn into something much larger so deal with it immediately. You’ll kick yourself if you put it off and it gets a lot worse in the future. As well as looking for wet patches, take notice of any areas in the house that might smell a bit odd. Wet rot will create a pretty bad odor so if areas of your house start to stink, it might be due to water damage.