Common property problems and how to prevent them

Common property problems and how to prevent them

7th Jun, 2019

Prevention is always cheaper than repairs, so it’s worth understanding the most common problems that occur within a home, to enable you to take steps to stop them happening.

Being a homeowner is hard enough, so you don’t want add to this with additional hefty bills for fixing something you didn’t see coming.

Take your time to inspect your property, and keep a particular eye out for the following things…

Damp

Damp is one of the most common complaints in a home, which can lead to dry rot and plaster damage if left untreated. Not only can it be damaging to your space, but it can also have a negative effect on your health – causing nasal congestion, wheezing, chest tightness and even asthma.

To stop mould from forming, ensure you open a window when cooking, keep kitchen and bathroom doors closed when they are in use, and always use an extractor fan if you have one. This will trap and confine any moisture and condensation in one room, rather than spreading it throughout your property.

Gutters

Even though gutters are ‘out of sight out of mind’ most of the time, they play a huge role in the structural integrity of your house. They guide rainwater from your roof down to the drain, and if they are clogged up with leaves, branches and other debris, this could cause structural damage and internal damp. 

It’s important to make it an annual task – or more frequently if needed – to clear out your gutters and repair any damage. If you’re not afraid of heights, it can be a quite simple job to undertake yourself, but if you have any doubts, call in a professional.

Drains

Linked with our previous point above, a blocked drain can cause unpleasant odours, slow filtering and raised water levels. If identified early enough, you can prevent any further damage to pipes and general areas, so it’s important to act as quickly as possible.

An easy way of stopping a blockage is to invest in some plug hole catchers, which will deter any waste food escaping down your pipes.

Inspecting your property and making small fixes as and where you can, is an effective way to prevent problems from escalating. Remember, your homeowner’s insurance company may also deny a claim, if they believe that the damage was caused by lack of maintenance or excessive wear and tear.

In addition, its important to keep your home in tip top condition, especially if you’re thinking of selling up. If you don’t, these things will be evident to a potential buyer, and ultimately put them off purchasing.

Put simply, you should always look after your home in the same way it looks after you!

If you’re on the lookout for a new home or want to sell up, please feel free to get in touch with one of our reliable sales team. We’re even donating £20 to a local school for every property enquiry we receive until August – so find your dream home and contribute to the education of children!

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