Cracks, stains, and dust happen, that’s just part of homeownership. Most of the time these things are minor, but sometimes small issues can be signs of larger problems. It’s important to know when your house needs a quick fix and when it can use some serious TLC. In all cases, catching these things early and calling in an expert are best. Here’s what to look out for:
Creeping Cracks: Like we said, cracks are almost inevitable, especially in older homes. However, any crack that is wider than 1/4 inch or seems to be growing regularly should be checked out. Something like this can mean a bigger problem with your home’s structure and foundation.
Attic Puddles & Stains: A few drips here and there is not always a sign of a major issue, but constant water stains or a puddle in your attic pretty much always means there’s a problem with the roof. Your roof is essentially your home’s umbrella, and an umbrella with a hole in it is really no good.
Higher Water Bills: Again, baby leaks are no big deal, but a water bill that is considerably higher than normal could mean you have a major leak. Leaks can mean flooding, mold, and a big impact on your water bills.
Electrical Sparks: Can you say fire hazard? Electrical sparks are no joke. If you’re seeing sparks or feeling shocks when plugging or unplugging things in your home, there could be something wrong with your electrical wiring.
Mud Tunnels: Tiny mud tunnels near the foundation of you house are a direct indicator of termites. If they’ve been there a while, try breaking off some of then and seeing if they come back. If so, call in the pros.
Major Dust Bunnies: If you’re constantly dusting just to turn around and see another layer of dust form in the next day or two, you could have one of two problems. Either your home’s air ducts need to be cleaned or your furnace is ready for a filter change. Keep filters updated on a regular basis to avoid this turning into a larger problem.