Possible Household Risks that Are Expensive yet Easy to Neglect

For many of us, it appears that either there is not sufficient money or sufficient time to take action to every small thing that should be repaired over our property. Besides, it is simple once you observe the small things—such as small water stains, chipped caulk near the windows, cracks in stucco, trickling water over the faucet’s base, or the slow-running toilet or drain—to say to yourself that you will get back to those small things quite soon. However, sometimes, soon turns out into days, weeks, or even months, until you realize that you are encountering a much greater issue than you have ever expected. To prevent such a scenario to happen, here are some of the warning signs that indicate possible risks and the common places where issues commonly are found: 


If the melting snow or rainwater spills over your gutter’s sides and pools around your home’s foundation, then that could be a double-edged issue. Probably, the gutters are obstructed with debris and leaves. If this is neglected and you fail to clear it, the material will start to rot and mold, which can further damage the gutter. Moreover, the pooling water could rot the siding of your property. 

Laundry facilities or room 

If you observe that your dryer takes 2 cycles before heavier clothes can be completely dried might indicate that you have a clogged dryer vent. After every use, it is vital to clean the lint and it is recommended to change foil or plastic vents with aluminum ones. This can help you reduce your energy consumption and it can also stop a fire later.  

Drains and bathrooms 

There are bathroom problems that can easily be seen. One of the main signs of leaking would be water pooling around the toilets or faucet. Others are inexpensive and easy to repair, once they need a bit more than tightening connections or re-caulking. Some are more challenging such as having a slow draining sink. Although some drainage problems usually come without any signs at all and could be disastrous. 


We don’t usually go up on top of our homes frequently. The first sign that there might be an issue is the moment you discover dripping water or ceiling stains during snow melts or rainstorms. If you intently look at your roof, you might observe some bowing, staining, or dampness of attic ceilings or masonry cracks near the fireplace. It is important to have your roof inspected regularly and pay attention mainly to missing or broken shingles. Also, you should check the chimneys and flashings.  


If you see that your fireplace’s glass doors become particularly sooty after every use, if you can still smell a smoky odor even if you have not had a fire, or if the aur us particularly cooler around the hearth compared to the other areas in your home, then your fireplace could have a problem and you should have it checked immediately.  

If you can observe one or more of these signs, you should contact a Fort Wayne Handyman right away to have your things inspected and repaired.