Filed by mrbill Under House | Comments Off on 10 Common Household Repair Problems
When you own a home, there are a variety of things that can (and will) go wrong, and they usually happen when you least expect it or are not prepared for the cost of repairs. I’ve certainly experienced my share of these in the past ten years of being a homeowner at two different locations.
For the most part, homes will run fine, but some things are good to keep an eye on with regards to regular maintenance and might reduce the hit on your checkbook or save on a repair bill.
It’s a good idea for homeowners to purchase home warranty insurance. This type of insurance provides coverage if common appliances fail, or if trouble areas pop up in your home. A home warranty insurance policy can be worth its weight in gold if an expensive repair is necessary.
1. Leaky Faucets. This can affect every homeowner, but it is easy enough to fix. Usually the problem is a washer in the fixture that needs to be
replaced. Parts can be obtained at just about any neighborhood hardware
store or home improvement center.
2. HVAC Issues. A furnace or air conditioner will usually decide to quit on the coldest or hottest day of the year. Replacing part of a HVAC system can be one of the biggest expenses of owning a home, but can be covered by home warranty insurance.
3. Failed Appliances. Anything with moving parts will eventually
experience a failure, and it seems that products sold today aren’t designed to last as long as the ones our parents bought. A broken dishwasher or clothes washer/dryer isn’t as critical as a refrigerator that won’t cool, but none of them are items that we like to live without for very long.
4. Broken Water Heaters. This is one problem that should be dealt with
immediately, especially im winter when you runs the risk of frozen/burst
pipes. In addition, nobody likes a cold shower!
5. Burst Pipes. This can be a common occurence in cold climates where the temperature can drop below freezing. Pipes can be protected with
insulating tape and wrap, and faucets should be left dripping on very cold nights.
6. Running Toilets. The “catch a running toilet” joke isn’t funny anymore when you’re dealing with an increased water bill and added noise. However, a continually running toilet can be easily fixed with a parts kit avilable for under $20 from any home improvement or hardware store.
7. Broken Garbage Disposal. This is another convenience that doesn’t get noticed much until it no longer does its job. These can be an easy repair, especially if covered by a home warranty and someone else gets to do the job!
8. Mildew / Mold. This can be a health hazard if left untreated. Make sure that rooms with a water supply (bathrooms, kitchen) are properly vented and have good airflow to promote drying.
9. Cracked/Damaged Flooring. This can be a common issue for older homes
that have tile or wood floors. It’s always a good idea to get damaged
flooring fixed before it can cause personal injury due to tripping or
10. Water Damage. Out of all of the home repair issues you can face, this is one of the most frustrating and the one that can do the most damage. Always make sure that your roof is properly sealed and that your pipes do not leak, and that your HVAC ducting is well insulated to prevent condensation. It’s easier and cheaper to prevent water damage than to repair it.
With proper maintenance and upkeep, you can avoid most common home repair problems, or at least mitigate the effects of any that do occur.