Our homes are never as perfect as we want them to be. There’s always common home problems that need fixing.
There are plenty of small problems that you can fix yourself with the right tools. However, with bigger problems, you’ll need to get an expert in to assess the seriousness of the situation. If you leave them, they’ll only get worse, and then they’ll really bite you in the bum.
I wanted to take a look at three common home problems which usually need fixing straight away. Luckily, we haven’t experienced any of these yet, but there’s plenty of time in our home-buying future.
As long as you attend to these three problems as quickly as possible, you should be able to keep your home in a good state for a long time.
This first one is something that a surprising amount of people don’t know how to spot, even though it’s fairly easy to see once you know the signs. A foundation problem left alone could mean disaster for your home, so it’s a wise move to learn as much as you can about how to spot – and fix – foundation problems.
You’ll know there’s an issue if your walls, doors or windows seem a little off-centre or they don’t quite fit in their respective places. If that happens, you’ll need to call in the professionals to get your foundation sorted as soon as possible. If you leave it alone for too long, it’ll only get worse, so make sure you get on top of it fast.
Damp isn’t the worst problem in the world, but it can be expensive to fix if it’s rising damp. We discovered some damp in our house when we ripped the kitchen out. It turned out to be from a cracked soil pipe the ran on the inside wall from the bathroom upstairs, through the kitchen, and out into the drains. Why a soil pipe was inside the house in the first place baffles me.
Luckily this was a relatively easy fix. We moved the soil pipe outside, and the rooms needed replastering anyway, so that was problem solved.
If the damp isn’t too bad, one of the easiest and most economical solutions to get rid of damp is to get a dehumidifier. Take a look at www.dehumidifierreviewshq.co.uk for more on how to fix this common home problem.
If your damp is coming from the ground up, then this can be expensive to fix. It’s likely that you’ll need a course of damp proof injected into the walls.
I am super security conscious, as are most people with their personal property. If your doors or windows are broken, then this should be dealt with ASAP. Take a look at http://home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/repair/how-to-repair-windows1.htm for some advice on fixing a broken window.
If you leave it alone, you’ll be leaving yourself open to the possibility of being burgled (this is how I got burgled in uni, a broken window that was easily forced open), and that’s the last thing that anyone wants. If your door or window needs replacing, then do it as soon as you can. You’ll be glad that you did!
These common home problems occur regularly in households across the UK. Make sure you fix them before the winter arrives.