4 Home Repairs you Shouldn’t Ignore

It is common to ignore home repairs we perceive as “less significant.” However, many of us fail to realize that home problems won’t vanish if ignored. Getting used to home problems wouldn’t make them less risky either; instead, they’ll only end up becoming bigger and causing more issues down the road.

So, If you have the habit of ignoring home repairs and have been getting away with it, you should count yourself lucky. However, if you decide to ignore these four home repairs, you may end up running out of luck, and the results will be bad for your Charlotte home and your pockets.

Let’s begin with the first!

  1. Cracks in the Foundation

A tiny crack in your foundation isn’t a cause for alarm. Such gaps are usually caused by the concrete curing or settling and can easily be repaired with an epoxy sealant. However, if you notice cracks that are wider than 3/16 of an inch, you’ll need to act fast.

To tell if a crack demands your attention, try to insert a standard pencil into it. If it fits, it’s too big to ignore. While hunting for cracks in your home, ensure you keep an eye out for any budging or buckling. If you see these signs, call the professionals to have them inspected and repaired right away.

Common signs of foundation issues are:

  • Strange smells
  • Unusual humidity
  • Cracked or bowing walls
  • Uneven floors
  • Crooked doorways
  • Separating molding and baseboards

If you notice one or more of these signs in your home, the chances are that you have a cracked foundation. In that case, you may have to contact a foundation or structural engineer for assistance.

  1. Water leaks

Water leaks are usually the source of many problems in the home. They cause damages that can wreak havoc on your home and finances if not quickly noted and repaired. Common effects of water leaks are:

  • Molds and mildews
  • Staining
  • Discoloration, etc.
  • Attic and ceiling damage
  • Carpet damage

A leak as little as a dripping faucet shouldn’t be ignored. The same with a leaky toilet. Ignoring these issues, which may seem negligible, can come back to haunt you.

So what do you do to avoid being haunted by these home problems? Simple! Look out for these signs of water leakage:

  • Higher than usual water bills
  • Reduced water pressure
  • Mold and mildew
  • Water stains on ceilings
  • Sagging ceilings

If you notice one or more of these signs in your Charlotte home, ensure you contact a professional plumber for help. The individual can help confirm or rebuff your suspicion. If indeed you have a water leak, it’ll be fixed, and your home will be safe from potential hazards that come with water leaks.

  1. Pests

Watching those adorable termites march along your wall or floor may not seem like a big deal until you realize the potential structural damages these insects can cause.

According to statistics, termites and other pests cause an estimated $30 billion in damages to crops and man-made structures in the U.S. If left unchecked, termites can cause a lot of damage to your home. The same applies to other pests like fire ants, honey bees, moths, carpet beetles, cockroaches, etc.

Keep an eye out for rodents (rats, mice, hamsters, etc.) as well, as they are common germs carriers. Some of these rodents can destroy electrical insulations and contaminate your food.

Common signs of pest infestation are:

  • Dropping and other leavings
  • Evidence of nestling
  • Smell and sounds
  • Physical damage
  • Tracks

Ensure you contact pest control if you believe that you share your home with pests. Don’t leave your home at the mercy of these pests.

  1. Electrical Issues

Is there a naked wire somewhere in your home? Do you experience flickering lights, electrical surges, power sags, dips, or overloaded circuits? Electrical issues aren’t something to joke with. Whenever you notice any electrical issue in the house (no matter how small) ensure you check it out. If it’s something you can DIY, go ahead and fix it. However, if you can’t,  call in an electrician.


All home repairs should be treated as a priority. The minor water leak that seems negligible today can turn worse tomorrow and cause damage to your home and property. The same with the regular power sag your experience.  While fixing home problems will cost you some money, it’ll help keep you and your home safe.



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