Wednesday, September 27, 2017
By John Rayborn
Home Repairs that are Dangerous to Delay

Home Repairs that are Dangerous to Delay

 

Life is busy. Most of the time a quick fix is all we have time for when it comes to home maintenance and repairs. It’s easy to put a lot of these issues on our “I’ll get to it” list and then let them sit around awhile before we implement repairs. However, it is important when dealing with your home’s safety and security, especially if you plan to sell or rent it, that the following issues get addressed immediately. It is also a good idea to remind anyone living in the house to report any sign of these problems as soon as possible.

 

  1. Missing or damaged shingles - Living in the desert we are exposed to gusting winds, thunderstorms and hail. Shingles that are out of place or missing after a storm can cause potential problems such as pest intrusion and a leaky roof (see #2 below). Giving your roof a cursory inspection after a storm and quickly fixing any damage will help you protect your home and its occupants.

  2. A Leaky Roof - Not repairing a roof as soon as you notice it can potentially lead to structural damage, mold, and fire if it comes in contact with electrical wiring. If you see water on your ceiling or down your walls, get moving on the repairs! The longer you wait, the more costly repairs can become.

  3. Plumbing Leaks - Leaks can cause cosmetic damage, mold, pest infestation, health issues and structural problems. Homeowners are advised to check under their sinks at least once a year to ensure no water is present where it shouldn’t be and fix leaks that are present. Drywall and paint discoloration or bubbling can also be a sign of a hidden leak, so be sure to have a professional check it out.

  4. Mold - If you see it, it’s best to deal with it immediately or it can spread. Get advice from a professional as to whether the mold is something you can fix yourself with common household cleaners such as bleach or if it needs to be professionally remediated. Most importantly, eliminate the water source – otherwise mold can continue to form. Untreated, this issue can cause serious health problems for the home’s occupants.

  5. Cracks in the Foundation - Your home’s foundation may develop small cracks over a period of time, usually caused by “settling.” Most of the time this is normal and not something to distress over. Measuring and tracking their growth (or lack thereof) can help give you peace of mind. However, if the foundation cracks are combined with other signs such as cracks in the walls, sticking windows or doors, “stair-stepping” in brick mortar, it’s best not to delay in contacting a professional. Repairing any foundation problems is important to ensuring the structural integrity of your investment.

  6. Clogged Gutters - Easy to ignore, clogged gutters can cause substantial damage to your home in the long run. The main role of gutters and downspouts is to draw rainfall away from your home and its foundation. When water begins to pool in areas close to your home, it makes your property vulnerable to wood rot, pest infestation and foundation damage. Clean your gutters regularly and ensure that downspouts are properly diverting water away from the structure.

  7. Defective Driveways - Most driveways are designed to direct water away from a home’s foundation. Improperly-sloped driveways can direct water toward your home and keep water trapped next to the foundation, possibly causing the issues outlined in #5 above. Cracks in your driveway can also hold water and be a tripping hazard, so fix them before they become a larger issue.

  8. Poor Electrical Systems - More than 40,000 electrical fires occur in the U.S. each year causing property damage, injuries, and even death. Warning signs of faulty electrical work include flickering lights, tripped circuit breakers, sparks from an outlet and switches/outlets being warm or hot to the touch. Call a qualified electrician if you suspect faulty wiring in your home.

  9. Dirty Chimneys & Dryer Vents - Reduce the risk of fire in your home by keeping chimneys and dryer vents free of debris and buildup. Although chimney cleaning logs have become popular, it is important to have your chimney inspected annually and cleaned if buildup has become an issue. The best way to keep your dryer vents from accumulating flammable material is to clean the lint trap in your dryer beforeevery use. Check the dryer vent hose annually and vacuum it if necessary. Always ensure the dryer vent is vented to the exterior of the home and is properly sealed against allowing gasses back inside the home.

  10. Replacing Smoke Detector Batteries - It neverfails that if a smoke alarm goes off due to a low battery, it will be in the middle of the night. The quick fix to get everyone back to sleep after ensuring there is no fire is to remove the battery, right? Take the extra minute to replace the battery right away. A little lost sleep is worth ensuring the safety of everyone in the home.

 

Property Lift was created to rehabilitate investor-owned rental properties into a quality product, protect their investments by completing maintenance and repairs, and maximize their returns, all the while ensuring tenant safety. The business has succeeded! The homes we have rehabilitated are priced in the high-end range of comparable properties and have consistently rented for above-market prices.

 

The major advantage to using Property Lift is that we know the work necessary to maximize the benefit to the owner. We only do the work if the benefits outweigh the costs. While many contractors can fix a house, Property Lift is methodical in its approach to home rehabilitation. We want to protect your investment, maximize your rent or sales price, and reduce the time to rent or sell! Learn more at our at www.propertylift.com or give us a call at (915) 585-8200. We are here to help!

 

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