Major Hazards That Could Harm Your Home If Not Taken Care Of Immediately

Major Hazards That Could Harm Your Home If Not Taken Care Of Immediately
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    All homes have minor problems, such as a loose door knob or chipped paint.

    These problems, while annoying, are not major concerns.

    Other problems, however, can cause great harm to a house if not corrected immediately.

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Sometimes these problems are visible and apparent. More than likely, however, these problems are well hid, but are deadly to a house. The following are just a few things you should take care of immediately:

Roof Leaks

Even a small roof leak causes lots of harm. Black mold loves dark, damp areas, and it can quickly spread to other areas of the home. The the leak is large enough, it could also cause water damage to your home. Roofs should be inspected regularly, and all leaks sealed off.

Plumbing Leaks

A small drip leak is imperceptible. Once again, black mold will grow in all damp areas. To test for a small leak, make sure no water is running in a house for 12 hours. Record the reading at your water meter. Twelve hours later, read the meter. The reading should be the same. If the meter changed, you have a leak somewhere. Attend to finding and fixing the leak immediately, otherwise black mold will grow.

Septic System

If you have a septic system, the old saying "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" holds true. Have your tank pumped out on a regular basis, otherwise a backup might happen. If a backup happens, raw sewage will be introduced into your house. All that raw sewage water seeps into walls and crevices, setting up the potential for bacteria and mold. Pumping out a septic system requires specialized trucks and machinery, and requires licensed professionals to do the job.

Gas Exhaust Leaks

If you use gas to heat or to cook with, the potential for exhaust leaks is great. What happens is that if a leak occurs, carbon monoxide escapes. Carbon Monoxide is a deadly gas, but it is colorless and odorless. To safeguard against carbon monoxide poisoning, install special detectors that look like fire detectors. If the alarm goes off, attend to fixing the leak immediately and get out of the house.

Termites

If your house is wood framed, termites are constant sources of harm. Termites, by nature, eat wood, and leave behind a powdered sawdust material. If a nest invades your home, it’s an all-you-can-eat buffet for them and structural damage occurs. If left unattended, a cave in will eventually happen. Have your home regularly inspected, and have treatments applied if termites are found.

Power Surges

Lightning strikes create power surges. These surges happen quickly, so a breaker will not catch them. If your house has a surge, more than likely equipment, such as computers, can be destroyed internally. To prevent surges, use surge protector power strips. While not 100 percent fool proof, they provide a good defense against surges.

House maintenance involves more than just fixing a squeaky hinge, because you have to look below the surface for little problems that eventually turn into big issues. Be sure to keep up with all repairs and prevention to keep your home in good shape.

Informational credit to Kamloops Septic Service.

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