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Worst Case: Small Problems that Have Home-Ruining Potential

Your home is probably the single biggest investment you’ll make in your life, which makes it essential that you regularly monitor your home and stay on the lookout for any potential issues. Even a seemingly minor problem can quickly lead to major damage that could necessitate expensive repairs or, even worse, dramatically affect the value of your home. In light of this, here are four issues that every homeowner needs to be on the lookout for.

Roof Damage and Leaks

Having your roof regularly inspected is one major key to preserving the value of your home. A minor leak in your roof can potentially cause serious water damage to your home and furnishings. Moreover, a leak can create the perfect environment for toxic mold growth that can damage not only your home, but also your family’s health. Worse still, roof leaks can also pose a major fire hazard, and they have the potential to cause serious structural damage as well. For this reason, it is vital that you have your roof professionally repaired at the first sign of damage.

Foundation Cracks

It is normal for a home to slowly settle over time, but this settling could eventually end up costing you huge money if you’re not careful. The problem is that this settling could lead to cracks or other foundation issues, such as weakening of the concrete or causing your home’s walls to lean. When these issues occur, they can potentially lead to major cosmetic and structural damage while also wreaking havoc on your home’s overall structural integrity. Therefore, foundation damage is another problem you’ll need to watch out for, and if you do notice any cracks or other damage, it is vital that you seek out a professional foundation repair company immediately.

Plumbing Issues

A running toilet, leaky shower pan or leaking pipes can quickly destroy your home’s structural integrity. As with roof leaks, these issues have the potential to cause serious water damage and problems with mold and mildew. In the best case scenario, these various plumbing issues can require you to replace your walls or flooring, but if you’re not careful, they can cause your wooden floor joists or wall studs to weaken and rot. For this reason, it is essential that you pay close attention for any potential plumbing issues and immediately call a plumber at the first sign of any problem.

Pest Infestations

Termites, mice and other pest infestations may seem like a minor problem, but the truth is that pests can quickly lead to major damage. Termites can weaken your home’s structural integrity as they devour the wood in your walls or floors. Mice can also pose a huge hazard to both your home and your health. Especially worrisome is the increased risk of fires that can result from mice chewing through your electrical wiring. Therefore, it is of utmost importance that you pay attention for the signs of a pest infestation and take the appropriate steps to rid your home of pests if you suspect you currently have an infestation.

At the end of the day, there is often not a lot you can do to prevent these common issues from occurring in the first place. Leaks, pests and other issues can happen to any home at any time. For this reason, it is vital that you pay close attention and seek professional help the moment you suspect your home is potentially suffering from any of these issues.

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