As a homeowner, knowing what repairs deserve immediate attention isn’t always easy. Determining whether a crack in the wall is a simple paint job or an indication of something bigger requires both time and effort. But addressing certain repairs promptly can save you money and reduce your stress in the long term. To help you know when it’s time to contact an expert, we’ve put together a list of eight home repairs that should not be put off.
1. Missing Shingles
Keeping the roof in great condition is key to a happy and healthy home. Consequently, your roof deserves extra care and attention. After intense stormy weather, check for missing shingles. (But only if you can do so safely with a ladder!) While having one or two missing shingles doesn’t sound serious, these small openings can lead to much more costly problems in the future such as water damage and roof sagging.
2. Roof Leaks
If you see water leaks in your ceiling or attic, this is a clear sign that your roof needs repairs. While a good roof can last a long time, there are still areas in a roof that are more susceptible to rain including skylights and chimneys. In general, addressing roof leaks promptly is essential. Delays can lead to more complex and expensive issues such as water damage, mold, and structural problems.
3. Plumbing Leaks
Pipes run throughout your home carrying water to your kitchen, laundry nook, and bathrooms. But these high-use areas are also places where water can drip and cause trouble. Check under your sinks at least once a year to monitor for leaks. Also, keep watch for peeling paint, water stains, and damaged flooring. If you see any of these signs, call a plumber at once to avoid more serious issues such as black mold or extensive structural repairs.
4. Clogged Gutters
While gutters aren’t necessarily chic or cool, they are still an essential part of your home. By drawing rain away from your house, they play a key role in keeping your home dry and happy. Clogged gutters allow water to pool and can cause wood rot and substantial damage to the foundation. Make sure your gutters are clear with routine cleaning.
5. Foundation Cracks
A solid foundation defines the health and longevity of your home. As your home ages, small cracks can develop over time. It’s best to address these cracks right away before they become larger and spread. Ignoring foundation fissures can lead to exponentially more costly repairs in the long term. When it comes to the foundation, do your home and your pocketbook a favor by taking action.
6. Gas Leaks
When you have appliances powered by natural gas, it’s vital to be vigilant about potential leaks. If you detect an unmistakable rotten egg smell, most likely it’s the odorant added to natural gas to help identify leaks. As soon as you smell something, contact your gas company and leave your home. If not dealt with, a gas leak can lead to a fire or even an explosion. Only re-enter your house when the gas company says it’s safe.
7. Electrical Issues
Using devices that require electricity is a big part of modern life. In many homes, this can lead to overtaxing the electric system. This is especially the case in older homes with antiquated wiring that can’t handle multiple devices and overburdened power strips. If you notice flickering lights, strange sizzling sounds, warm or hot outlets, or circuit breakers that trip, call an electrician to prevent a fire. According to Electrical Safety Foundation International, more than 51,000 electrical fires happen each year in the U.S.
8. Pest Control
If you find any uninvited critters living in your home, don’t let them get too comfortable. In Kitsap County, two of the most common pests are the Norway rat and the house mouse. Both have a reputation for chewing wiring, damaging structures, eating food, and carrying diseases. The Washington State Department of Health has tips for how to deal with rodents, but it may be easier to call a professional pest control company.
In addition, if you’re thinking of selling your home in the near future, some repairs can also increase your home’s value such as having a new roof. This is something else to keep in mind as you consider the above list of eight home repairs.