You may ignore the rattling in your car’s engine, the pain in your knee, or the dying grass in the backyard. But when it comes to your home, there are certain things you should never ignore. You home needs to be taken care of and kept running smoothly. Leaking faucets, clogged sinks, running toilets, loose doorknobs, and anything else you have used duct tape to fix, should be taken care of before they get worse. Some problems are more important than others and should be fixed immediately after they are noticed.
Some home issues and normal wear and tear can become more of an issue than you may think. Window problems can result in energy loss. A dripping faucet wastes more water than you would expect. And a roof with missing shingles could develop a leak which could lead to more problems. At Simmons and Sons Roofing, we understand the challenge of knowing when your roof needs to be repaired, and we know that some home problems are easy to ignore and take care of later.
But there are certain home problems that should not go ignored for too long, they could turn into bigger problems, costing you more money and stress. In this blog, we will go over some of the common issues you will experience with your home that you should never ignore.
You may think leaky faucets are only a problem because of the annoying and constant dripping sound they make, but what is even more annoying is the amount of money and water you will waste throughout the years that faucet goes unfixed.
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, more than one trillion gallons of water are wasted nationally from household leaks. And while a leak may seem minimal or go unnoticed, ten percent of homes that have leaks waste about 90 or more gallons a day.
Being proactive and checking your faucets for leaks before they are noticeable can help you save money and make sure there are no leaks throughout your house. Check the faucets, the pipes under the sink, the toilet, and any other source for potential leaks in your home to be sure that there are no issues that could go ignored for too long.
Over time your windows and doors can let drafts in due to worn out insulation. Your windows may become crooked in the frame, leaving gaps that let cool air in and make your energy bill rise. If you feel a draft, spot obvious gaps, or notice a rise in your energy bill, you will want to make sure you get those fixed as soon as possible. If you are working to keep your home warm in the winter, but there is a constant stream of cold air leaking in through the window and door gaps, you will waste energy trying to get your home to stay warm.
The sooner you notice a draft the sooner you can fix it, saving you money and energy. If you think your windows and doors are fine, think about the last time you checked for gaps and cracks. If the last time was never, you should make your way through your home and check for gaps, insulation problems, and feel for drafts. The minute you find this problem in your home, you should work on fixing it before it gets out of hand.
Make Necessary Replacements
Just like everything else in life, parts of your home are going to need replacement as they age and face daily wear and tear. Some small replacements and some large replacements will take place in your home throughout the years. And it is best to stay on top of these replacements for the best results and the best home care.
First, replace your fire and smoke alarm batteries at least twice a year. Not only will this save you from waking in a panic to the horrible high pitch scream of the fire alarm, warning you that the battery is almost dead, but it will also help you feel more prepared. While this is not the most important replacement to be made in your home, it is nice knowing the time bomb that is your fire alarm won’t be going off randomly.
Replacing the air filters in your HVAC is important. Not only can doing this regularly help keep the air in your home cleaner, but you can also make sure that you are removing allergens from the air. Your air filters should be replaced every 30 to 90 days.
One of the most important replacements you can make in your home only happens about every 8 to 12 years. Replacing your hot water heater may be a forgotten task, but it is important to keep an eye on your aging heater and make sure there are no signs it needs to be replaced.
If you notice rusty water coming from you water heater, it is a sign that your heater is rusting away from the inside and may fail soon. Another sign your water heater is about to fail is noise. If your heater sounds like it is rumbling or rattling when it is working, it may be time for replacement. One of the most common signs is water around the heater. If you notice your water heater is leaking, it could turn into something bigger, and may potentially flood your basement of home. If your water heater is old, be sure to make weekly or daily inspections to be sure you don’t notice any of these signs. If you do, it may be wise to replace your heater.
Your roof is just one more thing that should not go ignored. Roofs have an age limit too, meaning that after a while they are more prone to problems, leaks, and may need replacement, repair, or a reroofing. If your roof is missing shingles, you want those fixed immediately. Moisture can reach the wood beneath the shingles when they are missing or damaged, and this can cause more issues. Leaks, mold, sagging, and other roofing problems can quickly develop if a minor problems are not taken care of right away.
Inspect your roof regularly to be sure that no issues are developing. If you are not sure how to do a proper inspection of your roof, or just want a professional’s opinion, contact Simmons and Sons Roofing. We can inspect your roof, ensure that there are no problems, and if there are we can suggest a repair, reroofing, or a replacement. Taking care of your roof is important, don’t ignore potential problems, and be sure to take care of them before they grow into something worse.