Troubles in a house come in when you least expect them. Or rather, issues crop up so silently, we often forget to notice. These are problems that lead to extensive damage, which could be avoided if homeowners pay attention to the early signs. Doing so will save your house and the appliances in it and the money you will need to shell out on repairs. Here are six signs of trouble that a home inspector in Calgary wants to heed.
1. Bath fan stains
If you find stains around the fan in your bathroom, it is likely that you have a roof leak or condensation formation inside the duct. Warm and moist air may be condensing inside the duct, and water goes back to the fan house. This can soak drywall and ruining the fan motor and your attic’s framing components.
2. Bulged hoses
A bulged washing machine hose means it may burst anytime; today, tomorrow, next week, or next month. It won’t leak; instead, it will fail altogether. When it does burst, you will have thousands of dollars worth of damage and repairs on your hands in a matter of months.
3. Melted water heater grommets
Your water heater produces exhaust gas, which is supposed to go out of the house. However, it may cause backdraft into the air you breathe—the first sign of this the melted grommets on your water heater. When you see this, you need to take action to protect your house and the people living in it.
4. White-bricked chimney
Your chimney gets white mineral deposits naturally when moisture passes through masonry; this is known as efflorescence. When the deposits increase and cover much of the brick, it can wreck your chimney and a definite sign of leaks from a fireplace, furnace, and water heater.
5. Running water meters
If you find your water meter is running even after all the plumbing fixtures and faucets are turned off, you are wasting money and water. You may have leaks somewhere in your plumbing system. Locating and fixing them will help you save water and money.
6. Decked up doors
If your house has a deck that is built right under the door, you can expect rot. Rainwater splashes of the deck and hits your door, through which water will find a way to get in, destroying flooring, doors, and framing components. Make sure to divert the water using gutters to prevent this.
Issues and repairs in a house are pretty common. However, they can be prevented by paying heed to certain signs your house gives out; this includes stains, efflorescence, running water meter, melted grommets, and bulged hoses. Being attentive to these and taking action can help you save thousands of dollars.