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How to Detect Serious Problems within the Home

27 October 2010 1,414 views No Comment

It isn’t always easy to detect problems in the home. In fact, many serious problems can often go unnoticed for months, if not years. The trouble with this is that once you do realize that you have a problem, it will be extremely expensive and more difficult to fix. The question is, how do you spot problems early on?

Looking for Cracks

One way to tell whether your home has serious structural damage is to look at the walls. Are there any cracks present? Cracks can occur for a number of reasons. The most common is that moisture has been sucked out of the walls. This is typically caused by trees that are directly outside the home.

Another more serious cause of cracks in the wall could be that the home is moving. Over time the house could be starting to lean and subside. This is obviously a major problem and you do need to be able to spot the signs. The cracks will typically be large in size and they will get worse over time.

Check Your Basement

 If you have a basement then this is often the best place to start looking for signs of a problem. Make sure that you move all furniture so that you can get a good look around. Pay particular attention to the bricks. Are there any loose ones? If there are then they could let water in. This in turn will freeze and push the bricks out even more. Over time this could cause a serious problem.

These are just two ways to spot serious structural problems in the home. It is always a good idea to frequently check for any major signs. If you do have concerns then it could be worth hiring a home inspector to check the whole house over for you.

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