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Home Repairs You Can’t Put Off

Nov 6, 2017 by

Humans love to procrastinate. We start doing it when we’re young. If there’s a book report due at noon, there are plenty of us who won’t start it until nine or ten o’clock in the morning. As we get older, the procrastination often continues, albeit in a different form, like not taking out the trash until you hear the sound of the garbage truck turning onto your street. It’s one thing to do that with the kitchen trash bin, though, and it’s another thing to do that with critical home repairs.

What kind of home repairs are considered critical? It’s the stuff that will get bad fast if you don’t do something about it. Leaky pipes, for instance, don’t usually get less leaky with time but rather get progressively worse the longer we wait to fix them. Just ask anyone who’s ever put a bucket under a crack in the roof during a rainstorm

If you’ve got pipe issues, you need to call in some pipe experts (try someone like the Pipe Surgeons for instance). You probably don’t need to call the emergency plumbing hotline unless your bathroom is on the verge of becoming an aquarium, but you do need to make a note and get someone out to your house to take a look at things. You can hope the fix is easy, and maybe it will be. Pipe lining may also be a good option if you’re hoping to get more use out of your pipes, as it can add years to the life of your sewage system.

Another problem many homeowners have to deal with is mold. No one likes it, but once mold takes hold in your home, it can be tough to get it out. You can prevent mold by opening windows and running fans in the bathroom after you shower, but it can still happen, and it won’t necessarily limit itself to the shower or tub area.

If you’re feeling brave, and if you have a fair amount of experience with DIY projects around the house, look into mold remediation process. You’ll need quite a few supplies, among them a dehumidifier, air scrubber, duct tape, and a wire brush. And don’t forget the latex gloves and eye protection; you need to keep yourself safe while you’re trying to get mold out.

Once you’ve followed the mold remediation process to the letter, then you’ll want to call a mold expert who can come in and take a swab of the area that was affected. The results of the swab test will tell you how successful you were. If the process seems daunting, you can also just call in experts to do the job for you. Sometimes it’s worth paying for expertise, and since mold is something that’s incredibly gross and insidious, it may be worth it to just start with a phone call rather than going out and collecting a long list of supplies.

It’s up to you if you want to delay fixing the crack in the wall from that time your kids got a little too into their roughhousing, but just like industry manufacturers have to keep up to date with their repairs on their industrial machines, the same holds true for common household issues as well. Thankfully you don’t have to worry about the lofty repair costs of things like press repairs, but when it comes to things like water damage and mold, time is certainly of the essence.

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