Home Defects That Shouldn't Be Ignored

Industry Observer

Renovating and making home repairs can be expensive and time-consuming. Some repairs like an old paint job or replacing the bathroom tile could be pushed back, but others like water leaks should be addressed immediately. We outline some home repairs that if ignored, could result in serious property damage or even injuries.

Bulges in a Washing Machine Hose

If you notice a bulge in your washing machine hose this means that it needs to be replaced immediately, it’s just a matter of time when the hose bursts. If the hose bursts, it can result in thousands of dollars in damages. If there’ s bulge in one of the hoses, replace it with a braided stainless steel hose. Installing a pressure-reducing valve is also a good idea, high water pressure could cause these bulges. A pressure-reducing valve could save other appliances in your home from being damaged.

Backdrafts From a Water Heater

Carbon monoxide emitted by a gas water heater should flow through a duct and out of the house. Sometimes the exhaust doesn’t travel out and it comes back into the house filling it with deadly carbon monoxide gases. One of the signs of back-drafting is a melted plastic grommet on the top of a water heater. If you notice this, it’s important to hire a professional to determine the cause of the backdraft and fix it. Inhaling carbon monoxide could cause serious personal injuries or even death. Installing carbon monoxide alarms will protect your family from inhaling these deadly gases and could help prevent a serious accident.

Efflorescence on Chimney Bricks

A small amount of efflorescence is common and shouldn’t cause problems, but when there is heavy efflorescence on chimney bricks it means that there is moisture inside it. When the moisture inside the chimney freezes it can slowly damage it. To fix this issue, hire a certified professional to inspect your chimney and fix any cracks in the crown.

Water Leaks

A water meter that is always active could mean that you have a leak in your home. To check it make sure all the faucets and plumbing fixtures in your house are turned off, is there’s no leak then the water meter should stop. If you believe you have a leak you must first identify where the leak is. If it’s an indoor leak then look for water stains on walls, ceilings or puddles on the floor. Outdoor leaks are more complicated to find and repair, a plumber can check irrigation systems for a leak or leaks seeping water into the ground.

John Pusa
Glendale, CA

 Very good report about home defects that shouldn't be ignored.

Feb 11, 2020 08:00 PM