Life Skills: Learn How to Spot Common House Issues*
Being a homeowner isn’t always easy – and especially not when it comes with so many added expenses. It’s not just that you have a rather substantial mortgage to pay until you reach your 60’s but there are also all of those unexpected and unfortunate things that can happen to your home.
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By learning which house problems are more common than others and knowing just how you can spot the signs before they develop into something expensive, you’ll be in a much better position to take proper care of your home – and build your life skills at the same time.
Start by having a look at the tips below. That way, you can feel a bit more confident about your homeowner skills and might even be able to save yourself a fortune. Nobody else is going to do it for you, after all, so it’s best to educate yourself right away.
Mould and mildew: Spotting the signs
One of the most common issues in homes is that nasty, fuzzy layer that can start to grow in humid conditions. It is actually quite easy to spot and if you’re suspecting that a layer of something that looks a bit like dust could be mould, you’re likely to be right.
Use your nose and smell around for a musty and stuffed odour. The growth is commonly found in basements as well as bathrooms as these rooms tend to be rather moist; remember to air out these rooms in order to keep the humidity at bay.
Your room is definitely a bit too humid if you’re constantly noticing condensation on your windows as well, so this is a great sign to watch out for so you can stop the mould problem before has time to grow.
Another area to check are the cupboards, closets, and drawers for types of mould as well. Since these areas tend to be closed up most of the time, it’s very easy for mould to start growing and impact the health of your family.
Remember never to put moist clothes in your wardrobe before it has time to dry, and don’t stack utensils and cutlery into those cupboards if they’re still a bit wet either; this is a great way for all sorts of problems to start growing in your home.
You can invest in something to keep the problem at bay for good, especially if you live in an older building or somewhere particularly humid. A dehumidifier is a common part of many households these days and you can even get one with a special light that beats the growth of mould.
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Pests: How to know that you have them
If you have never had a pest problem before in your life, you might be wondering how you’re supposed to know that a row of ants isn’t simply just passing through rather than actually moving in.
Pests are, in fact, rather easy to spot as long as they’re not living inside of your walls. Our homes tend to be so warm and cosy as well as providing easy access to delicious breadcrumbs from time to time, these little creatures will definitely inhabit your house if they get the chance.
Your job is, therefore, to make sure that they never get this chance and to notice the signs of them before they start to destroy your home. Keeping pests at bay starts by ensuring that all entrances to the outside world are sealed off.
Any cracks by the windows or gaps in the sealants should be closed off – and make sure to have a look in your garage as well. This is the number one area for these troublemakers to enter your home and, by ensuring that there are no gaps to the outside world in this room, the rest of the house can feel a bit safer.
The signs of pests, however, does not necessarily start with that row of ants by your kitchen sink. If they have been living in your home for a while, they’re going to reveal themselves by leaving droppings around your house so keep your eyes open for this and pay particular attention when cleaning the house.
While the thought of having pests is disturbing, it’s going to be far worse if the problem is left alone. Get ahold of a proper pest inspection right away so that you can take care of the issue before it develops into something destructive.
Water damage: What does it look like?
A house that has suffered from water damage is not always flooded. You should learn to spot the small signs before buying a new home or even selling your current one. A home can, after all, have water damage that slowly builds up over time, rather than waking up to the sight of your furniture floating around.
The walls, ceilings, and floors of the house will usually be quite bulky. It’s just what water does to materials like this over time so use your eyes and try to spot signs of water marks on the wall as well.
If you touch the area that looks bulky and feels softer than the other areas, it’s a clear sign that the house has some water damage to it.
The basement is particularly prone to water damage and should definitely be inspected in your own home or one that you’re considering to buy. Have a look at this article to learn more about what water damage can do to your house over time and you should be able to inspect most homes on your own.
Understanding what causes the most common house issues is actually the best way to prevent them. Keep your home clean, seal off any entrances to the outside, remember to air it out and keep it dry, and you should be able to avoid the most costly ones.