Home fixes that cost money to delay
In a home, small problems can quickly become big expensive ones, according to Home and Garden Television. Mold, for example, is a typical problem in wet places like the bathroom or kitchen but when it surfaces on bedroom walls or inside closets, it's time to call a professional. Floors that slope, sag, or seem otherwise unstable could have one or more of a variety of reasons for the issue, according to Home Advisor. In older homes, there could be deterioration of the wooden structures themselves due to conditions like rot. In other cases, the flooring joists, sills, sub-floor, or even foundation could be installed incorrectly from the beginning which could require extensive repairs. In any case, a contractor or a structural engineer can diagnose the problem as early as possible to reduce potential costs. It's easy to forget about window maintenance but it's also easy to prevent problems. In new windows, weep holes at the bottom edge of storm windows allow water to drain out, according to Family Handyman. But these small holes can become clogged if not cleaned regularly. Plugged weep holes will eventually force moisture into the home or even cause damage to the window itself with enough water buildup. In water heaters, remember that sediment can build up inside over time. Partially emptying the tank once a year can dramatically increase its lifespan. Refrigeration units should have their coils dusted and vacuumed regularly. Garage door springs should be lubricated at least once a year to help prevent loud or broken springs.