3 Big Home Problems…

March 20, 2013

Home Maintenance For Your San Diego Home…

How-do-I-protect-my-san diego homeYour home is probably the most expensive investment you will make in your lifetime.Therefore, finding early signs of problems can save you thousands of dollars. Here are three typically unexpected but potentially devastating problems to keep top of mind as you perform regular house inspections.

Water. The destructive force of water is very costly. A pinhole leak in a pipe or a slow roof leak can go undetected for weeks, causing rot and mold. Listen for uncommon hissing sounds, usually evident at night. Look for water stains in drywall, ceilings, and behind appliances. You can also monitor your water bill for usage increases. Don’t ignore hot spots on your floor, which can be the result of a hot water slab leak.

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Mold. If you’ve had a water leak, it is important to ensure the area is dry and that mold, the result of tiny spores that grow when attached to wet surfaces, is removed. Mold produces allergens, irritants, and in some cases, potentially toxic substances. Mold will grow on drywall, so in most cases, removing the drywall and cleansing the area with a bleach solution will kill mold. For under $20, Home Depot sells a moisture detector that can help identify water-damaged areas.

Foundation. Foundation problems, with average repair costs between $10,000 and $14,000, can manifest in the interior and exterior of the home. Common interior signs include large cracks in concrete floors, leaks and cracks around the fireplace, and unlevel floors. Common exterior signs are diagonal cracks in walls at the corners of windows and doors, windows and doors that are hard to open and close, and brick and mortar cracks. For more information and to find a foundation repair expert, visit the Foundation Repair Network.

Special thank you to guest blogger Carolyn Plummer from Prospect Mortgage . http://www.myprospectmortgage.com/cplummer

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