4 Less-Common House Problems and How to Handle Them

4 Less-Common House Problems and How to Handle Them
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There are a number of problems that you may never even notice until it’s too late. Here are four unusual but serious issues you should check.

Chimney condition

Fireplaces and wood-burning stoves make a home more inviting in cold weather, and can save you money on heating bills. However, they need good air flow to vent the smoke out the chimney. Blockage such as corroded chimney liners, debris in cobwebs, old bird nests, and build-ups of soot can catch fire or force poisonous carbon monoxide back into your home. Install carbon monoxide detectors in the house and have your stove pipes and chimney visually inspected at the start of cold weather to be sure your family is safe.

Electrical shorts

Electrical faults are a problem you don’t see and rarely think about, but they account for 336 deaths per year on average. The problem is common in older homes that have undergone DIY repairs or alterations that don’t meet professional standards. If you hear popping or buzzing noises from switches and outlets, find that they feel hot, notice odors like melted plastic, or have the same breakers trip repeatedly, get a licensed electrician to check them and ensure your home meets current building codes.

Dry rot

Dry rot gradually disintegrates the timbers that are supporting your home. This is a fungus that infests damp wood and continues to spread as long as humidity is above normal. Dry rot is especially harmful because it can travel across or though other materials from one beam to the next. If you live in an older home, or have experienced flooding or leaks, it’s critical to have your home inspected for dry rot. It can usually be treated by drying the area and spraying a fungicide. Severe dry rot will require expensive repairs.

Foundation damage

Flooding, tremors, nearby excavations, and soil erosion can affect the ground beneath and around your house so your home is threatened. If you notice cracks in your foundation, growing gaps, or sinking floors, have your foundation inspected. If you catch it in time, this can usually be fixed by home underpinning. A specialist like Techniblock Pty Ltd or someone similar can use methods like underpinning, additional concrete, expanding resins, or pilings that add new support to your foundation.

There are a number of unexpected things that can damage your home. It’s important to be proactive about spotting problems and having them fixed before they become serious.

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