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Home Repairs You Should Never Put Off


Blog by Joette Fielding | August 20th, 2013


Home Repairs That You Should Never Put OffDon’t put off home repairs that could affect your health and your wallet

There may be times when you are tempted to delay a home repair due to a busy schedule or finances, and decide to deal with it down the road. This may be fine for minor issues but there are some home repairs that should never be ignored as they can lead to thousands of extra dollars in repairs or result in problems that can affect your health.

The following are some home repairs that you need to deal with promptly to avoid potentially larger issues if you delay:

Water damage: If you encounter a leak anywhere in your home, you need to have it repaired immediately. Leaky faucets, running toilets and other small plumbing issues will simply worsen over time, not to mention add to your water bill unnecessarily.  Keep an eye out for water stains or discolouration on your ceiling, white powdery residue on your bricks or foundation, or a musty smell in your house.  All of these conditions are red flags that you may have a problem with leaking water and if left alone will become even costlier. 

The roof and siding are other areas where a minor issue left untended can lead to major damage or repairs.  Periodically check your roof.  Look for loose, cracked, curling or missing shingles, attic leaks, or chimney issues. Siding can also be susceptible to leaks, especially where it meets the windows and doors. Mushrooms or fungus growing out of siding is a sign that you may have moisture in the walls.

Regularly checking your house for mould and mildew is one of the most important steps in your home maintenance routine.  Mould and mildew not only affect your home’s health, they also affect your family’s health.  Musty odours, dank air or family members who complain of chronic sinus problems can be warning signs. Be certain to inspect under carpets and around windows for visible signs of mould or mildew.

Be aware of any foundation cracks. Some cracks are harmless while others can lead to major leakage issues. Use a ruler to measure the crack and if it is wider than 3/16”, even vertical ones, have it inspected. Mark smaller cracks with tape and keep track of their progress.

Always remember – the longer you wait to correct a problem, the more costly it will be in the long run.  Tackling those repairs and correcting any potential problems now will help avoid major issues or structural damage later.  Ultimately, not only will you save money, you will also protect your home and your family from possible health problems down the road!


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