When All Else Fails: What to Do When Your House Seems To Be Breaking

When All Else Fails: What to Do When Your House Seems To Be Breaking
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    Changing a few lifestyle habits and carrying out a handful of maintenance tasks could help you save quite a bit of money over the years.

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Those who allow some of the key systems in their homes to fall into disrepair might have to deal with life-altering mishaps such as burst pipes, pest infestations, and electrical fires.

Plumbing Leaks

Within the average household, plumbing leaks account for 10,000 gallons of wasted water every year. In addition to wasting water, this type of damage can also result in moldy patches, mildew in the vents, and insect colonies making your home their own. Checking your exposed pipes a few times a year and changing out old O-rings will allow you to avoid most slow leaks entirely.

The Breakers Keep Tripping

There are quite a few reasons why some of your home’s breakers might trip. The occasional tripped breaker is typically not a major problem, but you should keep an eye on your electrical system if the breakers trip more than a few times a year. In an older home, the breakers often trip simply because the wires are outdated. You might also have damage deep in the walls of your home that must be taken care of by an electrician.

Unusual HVAC Smells

Homeowners should never take unusual smells coming from their vents lightly. While most of these odors are harmless, they could be the result of serious damage somewhere in the system. One of the most common smells that older HVAC systems produce is a musty odor that resembles old socks or a gym. During your annual HVAC maintenance appointment, Doctor Fix-It or whoever your contractor is can check the condenser for mold and standing water. Having the coils cleaned once or twice a year will also increase the lifespan and efficiency of the system.

Roof Damage

As long as you regularly inspect and maintain your roof, it should last for at least 15 or 20 years. The roof itself must be inspected at least two or three times a year for signs of damage such as cracked shingles. While you are inspecting the roof itself, you should also take a quick look at the rain gutters and downspouts to make sure they have no cracks, leaks, or clogs.

Before carrying out any major maintenance tasks, homeowners should first consider speaking with experienced contractors. Even if you feel confident that you can make certain repairs, failing to have a certified contractor carry out the work could void your warranties or your home insurance policy.

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Hannah Whittenly

Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer from Sacramento, California. A full-time mother of two, Hannah enjoys imagining and planning projects to make her home more beautiful. Occasionally, she'll actually get around to starting one of them.