If you’re a homeowner, knowing how to spot big trouble on the horizon can save you thousands of dollars—but unfortunately, many people don’t know where to look.
We recently posted 5 Things You Never Learned About Being a Homeowner, which got us thinking: there are plenty more things that nobody teaches, so we may as well share!
5 More Things Every Homeowner Should Know
Knowing how to spot trouble in advance will almost certainly save you money; repairs can be costly and time-consuming. So here’s what to watch for:
Check out the areas around water pipes, waste lines and the lines that lead to your ice maker. Keep an eye on your plumbing fixtures, too. If you spot mold, turn on the water and let it run while you check for damp spots. If you see mold on or near your ceilings, you can almost bet that you’ve got a leaky roof.
Puddles Near the Hot Water Heater
If water puddles near your hot water heater, you could have a big problem. It’s normal for a water heater to leak from the drain or a relief valve (and they’re easy to replace). However, if the leak is coming from the tank, you need to handle it immediately by calling a professional; if you ignore it, the tank will rupture and flood your home.
Circuits That Keep Tripping
If one of your circuit breakers keeps tripping, you could have a short-circuited wire in your electrical system. Usually using different outlets solves the problem—but if it doesn’t, get in touch with an electrician right away.
Soft Wood and Termites
If the wood that holds your home together becomes soft or spongy, you may have termites. They can go undetected for years because they eat from the inside, so check all the wood you can by jabbing it with a screwdriver every 6 inches or so. If it’s soft or spongy, call an exterminator just to be sure.
Invest in New Insulation if it Makes Sense
Insulation can get expensive, so contact your utility company for an energy audit. Your auditor will do a few tests and give you targeted advice about how you can save on energy costs. (Don’t replace all the insulation if it’s not necessary, though!)
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