The job of a homeowner is to leap into action when there is a problem with the property. Firstly, nobody wants to live in an unwelcoming house. Secondly, a home is an asset, and letting the issue fester is only going to harm your investment.
Unfortunately, it’s not easy to tell when your home is suffering, not when the warning signs are tough to spot. Everybody wants a perfect property, yet it’s hard to understand what’s going on under the hood.
Here’s how to do it even when the warning signs are few and far between.
Strange aromas can come from a variety of sources, from damp to whatever is cooking in the kitchen! However, an odd smell is something that you should take seriously because it could be penetrating damp. PD is an issue that affects new and old buildings by making its way into the walls. The reason penetrating damp treatment is necessary is that it usually doesn’t pass all the way through into the interior of your property, so you may not know it’s there. Unfortunately, this means it will lead to structural damage, such as wet rot and rotting plasterwork.
A home should be a comfortable place where you feel your healthiest. Sadly, black or toxic mold ruins this by releasing toxins into the air. Once you breathe them in, they can be hard to eliminate as mold is a nasty form of bacteria that affects the lungs. Even worse, it can grow without showing telltale signs, or it can appear as run of the mill mildew. If you’re unsure whether mold is present, a persistent cough is a warning sign that it’s somewhere in your home. Coughing means the bacteria has got into your respiratory system and is harming your wellbeing.
Flooding is something that the majority of property owners didn’t worry about a decade ago. Now, due to global warming, it’s a real and present danger to homes around the country. Storms are not only more prevalent, but you can’t stop Mother Nature once she lets loose. The key is to prepare by doing your research ahead of time. Are you searching for a new home? If you are, please check the risk of flooding by clicking on this link. The FEMA website is a trusted platform that only serves to save you from unnecessary stress. You can’t wait for a risk of flooding to raise its head as it will be too late.
There are plenty of reasons you hear loud noises, and you’re happy to pass them off as an occupational hazard of living in an old or poorly insulated property. Of course, sounds are also symptoms of roof damage. Owners that live in areas where rain isn’t frequent can’t tell there is an issue because of a lack of rain, but wind rattling through your house shouldn’t be dismissed. It means there could be a hole or crack in a slate that’s adding to the noise pollution. Cooler temps upstairs signify this, too.
The question is – is your home vulnerable?