As a homeowner, there will always be issues that occur throughout the home. Some will be minor without any cause for concern, whereas others might need immediate attention to prevent any further damage from happening. But it can be challenging to determine the red flags from the not-so-serious ones. To help, we’ve listed a few concerns that you shouldn’t ignore as a homeowner below.
When you live in areas that endure extreme weather, like here in Canada, it’s important to pay attention to the exterior of your home and perform regular inspections to look for any potential problems. Certain cracks that form along the exterior can be harmless and part of the regular wear and tear weathering process. However, when you see buckling or pitting cracks that stretch upwards along the walls, this could highlight a serious problem with the foundation. Any signs of this should be addressed immediately by a foundation expert to avoid the risk of structural damage to your property. They will inspect your home and determine the best solution.
Moisture is one of the biggest threats to your home. Even minor leaks should never be ignored. Aside from impacting your water bills and causing potential structural issues like wood rot, it can also encourage toxic mold to grow behind the walls and in the ceiling. This can create an unhealthy and unsafe environment for you and your family. If you notice any water stains or damp areas around your home, make sure to have them addressed, as you may need a waterproofing solution.
Speaking of mold, it’s another major red flag that all homeowners should be aware of. Mold can grow just about anywhere – walls, ceilings, books, toys, clothing, bedding – you name it! It thrives in damp, humid and stuffy areas that don’t receive a lot of sunlight or circulating air. This is why it’s so common in basements, walls, attics and in the ceiling. Though there are many different types of mold, each of them produces toxic spores that linger in the air. These particles can pose a serious health hazard, especially for anyone with chronic breathing problems or allergies. As a homeowner, it’s important to be on the lookout for signs of mold growth, particularly in areas that aren’t well ventilated and are vulnerable to moisture. Though it can sometimes linger behind walls without visible signs, you’ll often see white, green or black moldy spots develop. If you notice these, call in a professional as soon as possible.
When the foundation of your home isn’t properly sealed and protected, it could invite critters in and around your home. Pests are attracted to areas where they can burrow through easily and find food and shelter. So if your foundation is porous and compromised, it could be part of the reason why you’re experiencing a pest problem. Either way, never ignore signs of a potential infestation.
If your concrete is damaged, whether it’s from age, flooding or something else, this can also highlight hidden problems with the foundation. When you notice cracks expanding, give us a call to discuss the issue. We will identify the cause and employ the appropriate solutions to help maintain your exterior.
Ignoring red flags as a homeowner won’t make the problems go away. It will only lead to more aggravation and expensive repairs down the road. If you notice any concerning issues around your home and foundation, give The Foundation Experts a call and we’ll schedule an inspection as soon as possible.