Back when the Rolling Stones recorded “Time Is on My Side”, chances are they weren’t describing home ownership and all the chores and repairs that go with it. Black mold on the ceiling, a hairline crack in the foundation, and a water leak beneath your sink are all “messages” from your home that it’s time to take action to help preserve its value.
Still, while some problems can’t be avoided, there are many more that can. Here are just a few.
The roof is one of the most important parts of your home. While it protects you from the elements, it’s also highly susceptible to rotting, leaks, and worse. While spot leaks and lost shingles are easily fixable for a few hundred dollars, when the damage is dangerous or too extensive, you may be forced to replace it. The best way to avoid having to replace your roof is by carrying out preventative maintenance and having it inspected by a professional at least once a year.
While there are many things that can go wrong with a chimney, one of the easiest to spot is rust. If there’s enough moisture in your chimney to cause visible signs of rusting on the damper, there could also possibly be serious damage, such as cracked flue tiles. It’s important to get help from a professional chimney sweep who can use a special camera to inspect the flue lining and ensure there isn’t a breach in the chimney system which could ultimately cause a house fire.
Concrete Driveway Damage
Very fine surface cracks, sometimes called “crazing,” indicate that the surface of the concrete dried too quickly when it was poured. While unsightly, these cracks in a concrete driveway do not indicate underlying structural problems. Score one for the home team.
Watch Out for Water
A water spot or stain on the ceiling should be cause for concern. Specifically, it means water is leaking or entering your home, and water can cause mold growth and structural damage. Covering those stains with paint isn’t going to help – getting to and fixing the root cause will.
Here’s one of the nastier and more expensive home repairs you can face. The problem is, how would you even know if trouble was brewing inside a sewer line before damage is already done? That’s easy – have your sewer and drain lines inspected once a year by a licensed plumbing who is highly skilled at in-line video inspections. Or, if a problem has already occurred, common warning signs include water backing up in a tub or shower drain after flushing the toilet, a damp spot on a carpet over a concrete slab, or a damp spot on your lawn while the rest of the lawn is perfectly dry.
Whether it’s a leaky faucet or running toilet, plumbing leaks should be corrected as soon as they’re detected. That will help save large quantities of water while preventing or minimizing further structural damage, mold accumulation, and more.
Here at Plumbtastic, we can make all your plumbing problems disappear – sometimes, we can even prevent repairs in the first place. Contact us today for the service or repair work you need completed to help keep your home in the best possible shape.