In some ways, your home is more similar to a living organism than an inanimate object. One way this is true is that, when your home is experiencing problems, it will often exhibit symptoms that clue you into some type of trouble, just as your body exhibits symptoms that can clue you into some type of illness. Just as you shouldn’t ignore the symptoms your body exhibits to prevent your illness from getting worse, it’s important to pay attention to symptoms your home exhibits before you run into major trouble. Here are three symptoms you might notice that you definitely don’t want to ignore.
A flickering light may be a symptom of a light bulb about to burn out. If it’s a new light bulb, however, it could be a symptom of major electrical issues. If you notice a flicker, sparks coming from outlets when you plug or unplug electrical devices, or especially if you notice any type of odd burning smells in your home, it’s time to call in professional help as soon as possible. You may need repairs, up to and including replacement of your home’s wiring and high voltage services, especially if you live in an older home.
A few cracks around your home are totally fine and actually expected as a result of normal settling that takes place, over time. However, if the cracks that already exist suddenly grow much larger, or if you notice a large number of new cracks, you could be in for some major repairs. A problem with your home’s foundation, whether due to age or damage, can result in repairs that can be quite expensive. Of course, the alternative, having your home collapse around you, is much worse, so it’s best to have an expert inspect your home as soon as possible.
Unlike cracks, which are normal and acceptable in certain quantities, no amount of water damage or exposure is acceptable in your home. If you notice water stains on your ceiling or walls, or if you notice actual leaks that occur when it rains, it’s important to have your home and/or gutters repaired as soon as possible. Typically, once you notice water damage, the problem already extends much further than you can see, so any further delay will only cause more damage to be done.
It Pays to Maintain
To help prevent major damage from occurring, it’s important to maintain your home on a regular basis. Maintaining your home will help its systems perform at their peak and allow you to catch any minor problems before they have a chance to become major headaches. Taking care of your home in this way is the best way to save money on repairs, over time.