One of the biggest household boogeymen, when it comes to damage in your home, is going to be water. Any homeowner will tell you that, and if you’re a homeowner already, then chances are very likely that you’ve experienced it firsthand. And even if you live in an apartment or are renting, you know that one of your biggest frustrations is issues with water.
Five common occurrences in particular including dealing with trouble with water heaters, sinks, holes in the roof, seals outside of windows, and mold in basements. And though common, sometimes fixing them requires a professional, while other times you can fix things by yourself.
The Water Heater
Your water heater is the central appliance of a lot of different household activities. So when it starts dripping, you have to fix it fast. Your hot water depends on a strong system of support from that single appliance, so when drips and damage happen, you also have to deal with things like having no hot water for dishes, showers, and washing machines. Know the signs, and know when to call for help.
The Drippy Sink
Do you know how to fix a dripping faucet? Because if you don’t, it very well may drive you crazy. The sound of water dripping is one of those things that can cause massive amounts of frustration and stress over something that is largely inconsequential. But because it’s such an obvious expression of things not working right somehow, the sooner that you get those drips fixed, the better. Many times you can fix that particular issue by yourself, as well.
The Hole In the Roof
Want to know one of the quickest ways for a massive amount of damage to be done invisibly to your home? Trying having a hole in your roof. Water can leak through holes and get into your attic, and from there it’s just a free for all in terms of rotting wood and insulation, and if you have anything stored up there, it’s done for.
The Seal Outside the Window
Windows have to be sealed at least watertight, or there are all sorts of damage that can happen without you even knowing it. If water gets into your walls, you can damage wood, drywall, insulation, and if the moisture gets into the electrical system, that can cause fires or shorts quickly.
The Mold In the Basement
And finally, one of the worst ways that water can affect your home, is if there’s a leak in the basement that turns into any kind of mold. It’s a huge pain to try to clean out, and the smell that comes with mold often never goes away. Repairing leaky basements can also be very expensive, so make sure you choose the right company for the job if you need work done.