Common House Repairs You Can Trust

The greatest fear of any homeowner is that some unnoticed minor problem, like a clogged gutter, a leaky roof, or a cracked foundation will turn into a catastrophic issue that may cost you a lot of money. Maintenance will help you to avoid costly house repairs. There are also all sorts of improvements you can make from pool installations to putting in a new deck. Here is a list of the most important home repairs you should work on before things get out hand.

Water Leakage

Water can cause catastrophic damage to your home. It settles in basements, seeps through concrete, and causes mold to sprout. The worst damage that water can cause is to weaken the foundation of your house, making the foundation wall to crack before settling and spreading damage to the rest of your house. The cost of repairing a busted foundation is extremely high. So to avoid this costly repair, deal with any water leakage problem in your home whether it is from the sink, gutter, or downspout.

Roof Repairs on Your House

The roof is highly susceptible to rotting and leaks. Spot leaks and lost shingles are easy and cheap to fix, but if such small roofing problems are not fixed in good time, you may need to replace your entire roof. Review your roof carefully at least twice every year by looking for tears, missing shingles, and any other damage. Check for flashing around the exhaust vents and chimney. Flashing is a plastic or metal sheeting used to seal the cracks between the roof surface and the chimney. If parts of flashing are damaged or missing, they should be replaced immediately. Check for signs of mold, algae, moisture, or active leaks and seek quick repair solutions from a roof contractor before it turns into a nightmare.

Peeling Paint

Although the primary function of paint is to make your house look fabulous, it also serves many other important purposes. It protects the walls against moisture, rodents, pests, and harsh weather conditions. So if the paint is peeling off, you need to work on it as moisture may enter the wall.

HVAC Repair on Your House

If you don’t maintain your heating and air conditioning unit, it may require very expensive repairs or even replacement. Calling a professional to perform maintenance on your system every six months will help prevent its failure. An HVAC technician will come and provide common maintenance services such as lubricating moving parts, checking refrigerant level, tightening electrical connections, cleaning dirty fixtures, and removing the condensate drain in your AC. Left alone, such issues can lower its efficiency and lead to quick wear on components.

Broken Sewer Lines

No homeowner would ever want to see their sewer lines face to face. So if you are looking directly at these large pipes — usually buried deep below your lawn — then there is something terribly wrong. Therefore, it is advisable to have your sewer lines inspected every year for any signs of cracks or leaks. If a broken sewer line is left unattended, it may create big marsh-like puddles on your lawn. To find the leak, repair crews may have to excavate your lawn and even your driveway. This means that after paying for repair of the broken sewer line, you may use several thousands of dollars to re-landscape your lawn and replace your driveway.

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Smoke Damage

A number of homes use wood stove or fireplace as their primary heat source. But a significant percentage of home fires are often sparked by defective fireplaces, leading to very costly damage and even loss of life. Taking a few simple fire safety precautions will go a long way in protecting your family and home from fire damage. The first step is to ensure your chimney is always clean. Have your chimney and fireplace inspected and cleaned at least once every year. Ensure the chimney cap that covers the top opening is in the right position and that there no debris or bird nests clogging the opening. When your fireplace is empty, open the chimney damper and look straight through the top part of the chimney. If you don’t see daylight, it means there is a buildup of creosote (burned wood ash) on the chimney. Creosote is a highly flammable substance and may lead to chimney fire. When it comes to maintaining smoke detectors, make sure you replace their batteries at least twice every year.

While some minor house repairs can be handled with do it yourself (DIY) skills, most of them require professional services. Therefore, it is advisable to seek assistance of a reputable house repair contractor like Armor Roofing.

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