Although owning your own home is a wonderful luxury, for the most part, homeowner responsibilities can be a challenge. If there is nothing wrong with your property and you merely need to make some cosmetic changes to your living space, then you’re lucky.
However, there could come a time when you will have to deal with more serious issues in your home and take on greater maintenance projects. Here are some tips on how to spot common home disasters and advice on how to deal with the problem.
Probably one of the most common issues homeowners face is a problem with pests. Rats, mice, cockroaches, and termites are all common invaders of both residential and commercial properties. Signs there are uninvited guests in your home include droppings, holes in things like cardboard boxes or fabrics. Termites will also leave markings on wooden surfaces.
To try and deal with the problem yourself, set traps (either humane or traditional traps) for rodents and make sure no food is left out on the sides for long periods. Keep the kitchen and the rest of the rooms clean and free from clutter. If your problem persists, you will need to call pest control to your home for a proper inspection and intensive treatment.
A damaged roof on your property could lead to serious damage and damp in other parts of your house. Loose tiles on the roof are another safety hazard as they could seriously injure or kill someone if they were to fall onto them as they walked by below. If you have noticed that a tile or two looks out of place on your roof, or you have been experiencing leaks and draughts, you must call out someone to look at it for you. These experts will be able to inspect the damage and advise you what to do next. If you’re experiencing any of these problems, try it now and call your nearest roofer.
If you’re noticing taps leaking or drips coming from elsewhere in the house this issue should not be ignored. If the floorboards in your home get damp or soaked with water, the wood is likely to rot and give way. Furthermore, these types of leaks cause terrible damage to the plaster in your home and eventually that will come away from the walls. A leaky tap you may be able to fix yourself by tightening the valve, but harder to reach places will require the services of a plumber. Make a note of where the water mains are in your home and how to switch them off in case of an emergency, too.
Another common and potentially dangerous problem homeowners might face is poor wiring throughout the house. If you’re noticing that your lights are flickering regularly, fuses are always blowing or any electrical outlets are sparking when in use, call an emergency electrician out to your home to investigate. Don’t ignore the warning signs, as bad wiring is a fire hazard and could risk electrocution.
Hopefully you won’t have to deal with too many of these issues in your home, but these are some of the most common problems people face. Use this guide to help you spot the signs and follow the steps to resolve the issue.