House Problems: Early Signs You Don't Want to Ignore

Nobody wants a money pit. Here are some red flags to watch out for in your home that needs immediate fixing before things get out of hand.

Pilot light goes out on the water heater
So the pilot light went out and now your home’s water will be freezing cold. (Uh oh!) It could be due to a number of issues, some of which could lead to a build-up of carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide can be life-threatening. If the water heater pilot doesn’t relight, it’s time to give a plumbing pro a call.

Gutters leaking
Sagging and leaking gutters risk damage to your siding and foundation that may cost thousands to repair. The prime suspects for this could be either it has holes from rust, it’s improperly sloped, the gutter is loose or it’s clogged. For aging gutters, you can use a silicone waterproof sealant to close up those leaks and prolong the life of your gutters. Your gutter installer can check the slope of your gutters and adjust as necessary. The loose gutter needs to be re-attached with a stronger fastener. Clear a clogged gutter before all the excess weight pulls the gutter out of alignment.

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Cracks in cement
Look at what’s causing cracks in cement – factors could be chemical reactions, physical movement, thermal changes, stress concentrations, structural design, and accidents. Filling in those cracks not only makes the concrete look better but it extends the life of the concrete by keeping out the elements.

Dark stains in bathroom shower
Stubborn dark stains are not only eyesores, but could be the result of mildew or microbial growth. A damp, dark, and often warm interior can be a home to fungi. Aside from wiping them away with an antifungal surface cleaner, you might also want to check the ventilation and install an exhaust fan or seek a professional moisture evaluation of your home.

Looking for tips and tools on how to keep your home up to snuff, feel free to contact the agents of Broadpoint Properties.