At the end of a busy week, the last thing you may feel like doing is to spend your Saturday taking care of home repairs. But the longer you let certain problems go without a fix, the worse they’ll get. If you leave it too long, it will require a greater investment of time and money than if you had just dealt with it right away.
These 5 home repairs should be addressed without delay:
1. Leaky plumbing
A dripping faucet or a running toilet might not seem like a big deal, but these small annoyances can be a symptom of a more serious underlying issue. If not addressed, a small leak can grow into a big problem. Taking care of leaks right away will also save you from racking up a hefty water bill. Even a small leak can waste gallons and gallons of water.
2. Water spots
A water spot on your ceiling is a clear indication that you have a plumbing problem on your hands, because that water is leaking from somewhere. Not only do you want it fixed quickly so you don’t have dirty water crashing down when the water eats through the ceiling, but depending on the source of the leak, you may find yourself with an epidemic of water spots that will accumulate into a costly major repair.
3. Dirty filters
Sure, changing out your air filter each month may seem like a minor task that can safely be postponed one or several weeks. But the filthier your filter becomes, the harder your system has to work to compensate and the more money you’ll spend on energy. All that extra strain on your system can also cause a premature breakdown that will cost you far more than the effort to replace your filter on schedule.
4. Mold and mildew
Not only can mold and mildew growth damage your home, but it can be dangerous for your health. Anything compromising your indoor air quality should be addressed immediately. Have an expert come take a look at your home filtration system if you spot a problem.
5. Fire hazards
Your family’s safety is paramount. Never let anything that could potentially be a fire hazard go unaddressed. Make sure you’re cleaning your lint trap on a regular basis. Clean soot out of your chimney if you have a wood-burning fireplace. Call a trusted electrician if you have any flickering lights or fixtures that pop. Don’t forget to schedule seasonal furnace tune-ups and air duct cleanings
6. Roof repairs
Especially during dry weather, roof and gutter repairs might seem like a headache best saved for another day. But when the rain does come, if you have leaks in your gutter or roof you could find yourself with some serious water damage to contend with, or possible gutter replacement. Take care of the problem early before it’s too late.