Welcome to my Homeowners Property Blog. Here I will provide information that could be useful for homeowners. I have an interest in residential and commercial properties. I spend much of my free time reading up on articles relating to property and also blogging. I hope you find it interesting. Happy reading!
It might be time for you to buy a new roof. There are many signs that it’s the case, including the following ones:
1. Cracked shingles
If it’s only 1-2 shingles that are cracked, then it’s probably not an issue. However, if it’s a large group of them, then you should probably have a professional roofer inspect the roof. They will be able to determine whether or not you should repair your roof or replace the entire thing.
2. Roof is 20+ years old
Today many shingles are built to last a long time, but various factors can cause shingles to wear down. That includes the roof not getting enough ventilation. Other factors can affect the shingles so you should consider this option if your shingles are at least two decades old.
3. The roof looks old/worn
If that’s the case, you should consider having a professional check out the ceiling. There’s a good chance that it would have to be replaced. There’s a chance that it might not quite be ready to get an overhaul, but there’s a good chance if the roof is looking worn out.
Sometimes the roofing only looks old because of dirt or other factors. However, there are other times when you certainly should consider replacing the entire roof. Looks can be deceiving, so make sure that the roof is inspected before you replace it entirely.
4. Dark streaks
This is usually caused by airborne algae. It won’t always result in damage to the shingles. In fact, it might just need to be removed using a 50/50 mix of water and bleach. You could use a low-volume garden hose to deal with the problem. What’s important is to determine whether or not cleaning the algae off is enough, or if the roofing must be replaced.
5. Neighbors are buying new roofs
OK, it’s safe to you say you shouldn’t do this automatically. However, if the homes in your neighborhood were built at the same time, the shingles will need to be replaced at around the same time. If you see many neighbors changing their roofs, it might be time for you to do the same thing.
6. Bald spots
This results from missing granules. This is a common problem so you should have an expert check it out instead of automatically replacing the roof. That will help to determine whether a repair or replacement is in order.
So there you go that is my six warning signs that you need a new roof.
Remember it is important that you don’t delay in getting a new roof if it is needed as delaying could result in there being some more serious damage to your property.
There are more tips on how to tell if you need a new roof by visiting this website:
Do you own a water heater? As with other big appliances, it’s important to know when there are possible problems related to the unit. Here are some of the most common ones you might have to deal with:
Water leaking from bottom
That usually happens due to normal condensation, T&P valve problem, or leaking electric heating gasket. Sometimes the unit’s tank is leaking. In that case, the only real repair is to replace the unit.
Reheating water takes too long
These are the common problem with electric water heaters. The recovery time of an electric model is often twice as much as a gas model. If it still takes longer than normal for hot water to recover, the heating elements might have problems. That includes sediment build-up. There could also be an issue with the thermostat. The parts might need replacing.
In the case that your home uses more hot water than a couple of years ago, you should consider a new water heater that has a bigger capacity tank.
Water leaking from top
If this is happening then, it could be caused by a couple of things. That includes loose hot outlet pipes or cold inlet, failed T&P valve, or leaking inlet valve. The good news is that these problems can be fixed quickly.
No hot water
These are one of the toughest issues to deal with because it has a direct effect on the functionality of the water heater. The primary cause of no water is the circuit breaker tripped. You should check the water heater’s breaker box. Another possible reason is the heating elements needing to be replaced. Another potential problem is the thermostat’s limit/reset switch. It could have tripped due to water being too hot or needing to be replaced.
Not enough hot water
These are most often a result of the thermostat. You can often fix the problem by changing the thermostat’s water temperature for an individual heating element.
On electric models usually, the thermostat is on the side of the tank. The electronic thermostat shouldn’t be changed in theory, but sometimes you have to do that. That’s especially true during fall/winter months.
Water is overly hot
These are often caused by the unit’s thermostat because the temperature setting is too high. Just access the thermostat then make any adjustments. These could be required when moving from winter to spring season. If you’re unable to lower the water temp low enough, it might be necessary to replace the entire thermostat.
Watch this useful video showing some of the tips mentioned in this article as well as some more.
DIY (do-it-yourself) is a very common practice in most households in the United States. It involves identifying problems by yourself, shopping for the parts/tools needed for the repair, and then doing the actual manual labor on your own. In most cases this can save a lot in terms of expenses when it comes to the repair, as hiring a technician or plumber could end up costing hundreds of dollars for something which could have easily been fixed. In some instances, however, plumbing problems become so bad that calling for help from a professional is the only way to have them corrected. Here are 8 common home plumbing mistakes to avoid at all costs:
Proper Garbage Disposal – You may throw stuff down the drain all the time, not wondering what happens to it, but by putting materials in which should not be dispensed, you can severely damage the disposal chute.
Fixture Weights – Don’t overload the shower head fixture with too many items!
Toilet Flushing – This is probably the most common mistake which needs to be avoided. People tend to flush all kinds of things down the toilet, and any clog along the pipeline can seriously mess things up.
Improper Drainage – Never pour oil, grease, or any type of oil-based liquid down a drain. It will harden once it reaches the inner portion and is very difficult to remove.
Improper Water Heater Usage – If you just bought your water heater and are excited to use it, think again. You need to have it properly installed first!
Disassembly Nightmare – If you are planning to take something apart in order to attempt to repair it, the least you can do is make sure you remember how to put it back together again!
Using Incorrect Tools – If you’re planning to do DIY, make sure that you’ve invested in the proper tools – meaning wrenches, screwdrivers, and anything else should be properly sized.
Putting Hair Down Drains – Now, if you live with a woman in the house you’ll know the frustration involved with the hairs all over the floor, sink, and in the drain. If hair builds up around drainage holes, always remove them and deposit properly in a trash bin or waste bucket.
There you have it, 8 of the most common mistakes to avoid when it comes to home plumbing.