Posted on April 09 2020
It is always a good thing for a homeowner to know in advance if there is a potential source of problems in his or her home. But most homeowners without experience with the home-building process or history as a contractor will likely not know what to look for to identify signs of hidden distress in a home. The good news is there are several tips you can use to help you identify problems with a home that could cause long-term damage.
Watch for Water Worries
Plumbing failures account for many of the serious problems that can occur in a home. These plumbing failures include faulty water heaters, broken water pipes and problems with the supply line to a washing machine. There are many signs that will alert you to hidden water damage once you know what to look for. Stained or discolored drywall, cracked cabinets and swollen baseboards are all signs of water damage in a home. You should also be on the lookout for increasing humidity and foul odors inside your home.
Check the Insulation
The importance of proper home insulation can never be understated. One common problem that results from insulation issues is increased energy bills. A thermal camera can be used to identify the varying temperatures within your home. Darker areas are locations in the home that contain warmer temperatures while the light areas you see on the camera will designate spots in your home where the temperature is a bit cooler. You can use this information to determine where insulation problems exist in the home.
Perform Routine Inspections
Regular inspections are one of the best methods to uncover conditions and circumstances present in your home that might cause serious damage. When purchasing a home, it's useful to ask a professional home inspector to ensure there is no structural damage to the foundation of the home that may cost you long-term.
When checking for home defects on your own, you should also pay close attention to the flooring, walls, doors and windows in your house. Performing a routine inspection periodically will identify maintenance issues and help you identify future renovations your home may need.
Look for Mold
Most people understand that mold is a toxic agent that can pose a health threat to their families. However, there is not as much understanding of how to detect mold that is present in a home. You should contact a professional for further testing if you are experiencing:
- An unexplained stale or musty scent in the home
- Visible signs of mold in or around your home
- An intrusion of water
- Water leaks
Usually harsh chemicals are required for getting rid of mold. But there are alternative solutions.
Identifying potential long-term damage to your home can save you a lot of money and protect your family from a variety of dangers. However, many homeowners find that they are not very adept at identifying the signs of future damage before they take place. Homeowners that remain vigilant regarding the four issues above will place themselves in a great position to identify serious problems with a home before they are faced with a major problem.