It’s not uncommon for an issue to arise–both in and outside of the home–and to choose to deal with it later. It happens to the best of us. Perhaps you don’t want to waste energy on dealing with a particular matter at a particular moment, or maybe you don’t feel as though you have the time. Even worse, perhaps you don’t have the money to address it. Either way, there are several reasons we give ourselves as to why we can deal with an issue later instead of right now.
However, there are some issues that simply should not be put off for later. Because while you’re too busy rationalizing a fix for a later date, the issue is getting worse. Sure, there are some problems that stay relatively stagnant. But the following five home issues can be truly disastrous if left alone.
If you notice a water leak–or even a potential water leak–it’s imperative that you seek professional assistance immediately. A water leak could result in a very high water bill, a burst water pipe, and even mold and health issues. The longer you wait to fix a water leak, the worse off you’ll be. Not only will it be more costly to fix with time, but the health risks can be even more complex.
According to Fix It Right Plumbing, a maintenance company that specializes in leak detection in Melbourne, “The first thing to do is to turn off your water supply. Now this can be easy in some houses, and it can be downright impossible in others.” The company suggests that you look for a valve handle on the water meter or water supply line. The location of the water meter depends on the type of home you live in. It could be at the front of the house, at the side of the home, or even near the parking lot. Once you’ve turned the water valve off, contact a professional to assess the situation and damage.
A Rotting Deck
Old wood can easily feel like a non-urgent situation, but it’s a lot more important than you think. If it hasn’t fallen to the ground, it can deviously appear stable enough. In some cases, just a few boards of a deck will start to rot. In other cases, the entire deck will rot, especially if it doesn’t get enough sunlight. Either way, you’ll need to replace every piece of rotting wood, even if it means replacing the entire deck. Here are three primary negative impacts of rotted wood:
- Mold can grow and spread, affecting health
- It can create a hospitable home for termites and critters
- The rot can grow and spread towards the wood of the house, compromising structural integrity
These signs will help you better understand if your deck is rotting. It’s best to catch it before it becomes a bigger problem, and as always, when it comes to home safety, preventative measures are always the best way to go.
Caulk Is Peeling
From an outside perspective, peeling caulk just looks like an ugly inconvenience. But there’s so much more than just a subpar appearance when it comes to peeling caulk, which are common around areas where moisture is present, such sinks, tubs, backsplaces, and outdoor areas like windows and doors. Caulk that has cracks and peels makes it easy for water to enter, which can easily lead to rotting and mold. And because fixing caulk is fast and inexpensive, there’s no reason you should delay this anymore than you have to. If you’re good with your hands and understand the basics of repair, you may even be able to fix peeling caulk yourself.
Your HVAC keeps your home cozy and comfortable at all times of the year, but they aren’t immune to damage. They can experience system malfunctions, break down to due old-fashioned wear and tear, or even become damaged due to improper installation or maintenance. If your system is leaking or emitting abnormal smells (burning, rotten, or moldy), those are signs your HVAC needs some repair. These systems are very complicated to fix, and shouldn’t be DIYed. An issue with your HVAC can make it impossible to cool your home, and can result in mold and mildew.
It’s natural for leaves, twigs, and other material to get caught up in your gutters. But clogged gutters do more than just make your house appear dirty to passerby. Many new homeowners don’t realize just how essential gutters are to the health of a home and curbside. For example, if a storm happens, water from that storm could easily spill over clogged gutters and gather on the ground beneath it without spreading, which could cause it to sink and freeze. This could lead to landscape erosion, which can be costly to repair.
Additionally, clogged gutters can damage the foundation of the home. When snow melts and rain water falls, it has nowhere to go, and can flood the basement (which causes an entirely other set of issues) and hurt the home’s foundation in the long run.