Houses are notoriously expensive to maintain and even the smallest of issues can quickly snowball into a large and expensive problem if left untreated. Whether it’s a clogged sewer, leaky roof or cracked foundation, all of these can end up costing you thousands and thousands of dollars in repairs. Here’s a small list of the most expensive repairs around the house and what you can do to avoid them in the first place.
Foundation can easily be weakened and even completely damaged by water. It can flow through the concrete and quickly fill out your basement or any empty spaces and create additional cracks in the foundation. Cracks can also occur because of shrinkage caused by drying or various thermal movement. The real problem is that even the smallest of cracks can become larger over time, can cause irreversible damage and make the entire house structurally unsafe. However, water isn’t the only culprit here, as tree roots and poor building materials can also lead to lasting damage. This is why it’s important to make sure that your foundation is water free at all times.
Just like the foundation, the roof is also highly susceptible to water damage, leaks, mold, rotting, etc. Damaged or missing shingles are easy to fix, but any extensive damage often requires calling in the professionals. Roofs are notoriously dangerous to fix and replace, which explains why professional roofing costs as much as it does. Wood shingles rot, metal shingles rust and concrete shingles can crack due to constantly being exposed to the elements and unless you have a couple of thousands of dollars just lying around, make sure you maintain your roof regularly.
Bathroom water damage
Preventing water damage in the bathroom can potentially save you several thousands of dollars’ worth of repairs. The real issue is that quite a lot of people simply don’t check their bathrooms for excess water, which may result in damage and mold appearing on the caulking. Whether it’s the sink, tub, toilet or between the tiles, grout and caulking need to be regularly replaced if damaged and inspected for mold and mildew. Damage to the bathroom can quickly burn a hole in your pocket if you’re not careful, so try to keep it crack- and mold-free.
Termites are prolific munchers and their eating habits can be rather devastating if unnoticed or left unchecked. Most homeowners have to deal with subterranean termites which are hidden most of the times but tend to come close to the house to feed. Couple this with the fact that they’re most active only two times a year and you get the idea why they tend to be left unnoticed until they make significant damage. Older houses with wooden sides and shingles can be absolutely devastated by termites and the repairs could end up costing thousands and thousands of dollars. Do an annual check for termites around the house and if you happen to notice them, don’t hesitate to call in the professionals.
Tree roots are one of the most common causes of damage to the sewer lines. Hickories, oaks, and walnuts are notorious for their long, branching roots that can often be as large as the tree top itself and if you have any of these in your backyard, chances are you’ll probably experience issues with your sewer lines sooner or later. Although older houses are more likely to have problems with the sewer line, have in mind that even new homes can be connected to old sewer lines. Replacing a damaged sewer often requires digging and can quickly ruin your perfect backyard or driveway. If you happen to experience issues with your plumbing or sewers, don’t hesitate to contact the most experienced and professional plumber North Shore has hiding under its belt.
As you can see, there are numerous issues around the house that can quickly decimate your budget. Fortunately, most of these can easily be prevented by properly laying the groundwork and keeping everything regularly checked and maintained. One of the largest culprits when it comes to damage to the house is water, so make sure you have that in mind when doing your annual inspection.