As a homeowner, you are responsible for the maintenance of your property. Upkeep can feel daunting, but it is easier when you’re aware of potential problems. Prevent serious damage and costly repairs by being proactive and taking action. Look for common home concerns like water damage, pests, and structural issues. If you address these concerns quickly, you can keep your home in good condition.

Unusual Noises from the HVAC System

Be proactive about maintaining the HVAC system to prevent bigger issues down the road. Understand that some noise is normal, but if you hear something out of the ordinary, call a professional. Biannual checkups help keep the system clean and in good condition so you can avoid costly repairs and a malfunctioning HVAC unit.

Musty Smells and Allergy Symptoms

If you’re noticing musty odors or your family members are sneezing and have watery, itchy eyes, take action. These could be signs that mold is growing somewhere in your home. Mold can cause serious health problems. As the homeowner, you’ll need to find the source and eliminate it as soon as possible.

Common Home Concerns Include Termite Damage

If doors and windows aren’t opening or closing as easily as they used to, this could signify a structural problem with your home. Changes in temperature and climate can cause building materials to expand and contract, which may cause doors and windows to not fit properly into their frames. In a worst-case scenario, windows or doors that won’t close completely may indicate a termite infestation. Termite damage can cause structural issues that make the building unsafe. Call a professional to check for wood-destroying insects and assess the damage.

Water Near the Foundation

If you have water pooling by your foundation, it’s time to call a professional. Water can cause severe damage to the foundation and other components of your home, so it’s essential to take care of the problem as soon as you notice it. Better grading and a good drainage system will help keep water away from the foundation and reduce the likelihood of basement leaks and flooding.

Common Home Concerns with the Roof

If your roof is starting to show signs of wear and tear, take steps to prevent further damage. Roof leaks can start when materials are broken, damaged, or missing, leaving vulnerable areas exposed to water infiltration. Regular roof inspections identify potential problems so they can be repaired before water damage occurs. If your roof is older and has multiple issues, it may be time to replace it entirely.

Homesmith Home Inspections offers inspections to home buyers and sellers in the Houston, Texas area. Contact us to schedule our services.