5 Most Common Home Problems

Below are five most common home problems homeowners face. By identifying minor issues before they end up being full-blown issues, you could potentially save yourself hundreds of dollars.

(1) Improper Surface Grading and Drainage

As a result of improper surface grading, most basements will end up leaking through water aggregation. Homeowners should examine their own lot grading and take the necessary steps to prevent flooding and property damage. The causes of basement water damage issues are generally external. To address the issue at hand, homeowners can divert water away from the building, provide drainage along the basement perimeter, protect the foundation walls against moisture and ensure they have durable grading near the basement and over the entire lot. 

(2) Roof Damage

Roof problems, obvious or unforeseen, are always a hassle and undoubtedly a significant expense for homeowners. The most common issue with any roof would be roof leaks and moisture. It is recommended that roof inspections be done at least twice a year - spring and fall. The best place to look is from the interior, namely from the attic.

Here are four things to look for on the inside: (1) Places where the roof deck is sagging (2) Signs of water damage or leaking (3) Dark spots and trails (4) Outside light showing through roof.

Upon discovery of water damage, do not assume that the roof needs to be replaced altogether. If the roof was properly installed and is less than 15-20 years old, it can most likely be repaired rather than replaced. 

(3) Plumbing Issues

Plumbing defects are another common problem homeowners experience one time or another. Most common plumbing problems are quite easy to fix. By doing the repairs yourself, you can potentially save hundreds of dollars.

(4) Improper Electrical Wiring 

Improper Electrical Wiring is another common issue that homeowners run into. This includes amateur wiring connections, insufficient electrical service to the house and inadequate overload protection.

(5) Poor Overall Maintenance

Not properly maintaining your home can transform your home into an allergen haven. People who live in homes subject to damp conditions are more prone to allergies, colds and other respiratory ailments.

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