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Life happens at home, and when you are lost in the day to day of what needs to get done for yourself and your family, a lot around the house can go unseen. At least twice a year (if not once a month) it may be to your benefit to take a tour of your home and look out for household hazards. Here are some hidden dangers in your home you need to know.
Take a look at all of your pipes. Look under sinks, go into attics and basements, and check around the outside of your house. A leaking pipe is the last thing you need because one leak can cause several problems for you. Water deteriorates just about everything in its path. You will have to replace walls, floors, and roofs in the event that you have a pipe dripping water everywhere. Pipes are hidden, so this danger could be hidden as well.
Leaking pipes brings us to mold. A humid, moist area can cause black mold to form in corners, crawl spaces, and in walls where you cannot see it. Black mold spores are terrible for your health and can cause serious health problems. Seek out mold remediation experts and have them come to the house to check for mold. Mold poisoning is serious and can take months, if not years, to recover.
If your home’s foundation crumbles, the entire structure can collapse. Have a home foundation expert come to your home and give your foundation a quick inspection. If you notice any cracks or crumbling, that is cause for alarm. A strong gust of wind from a storm or any renovations you may be performing in your house can cause serious structural damage that could put your life and your family’s lives at risk.
If you smell gas, get out of the house and call your energy provider and the police. Gas is an indicator that there is a serious leak. But what if you don’t smell gas? It is always a good idea to know where your gas pipes are in your home and give them the once over to make sure everything is okay. Keep the pipes clear and don’t store anything around them. One small puncture or crack could cause your house to explode.
Inspect Your Roof
If you have a ladder and you are not afraid of heights, get on the ladder and give your roof a glance. If you notice broken tiles, loose tiles, clogged gutters, or missing tiles, get them fixed immediately. You may have rainwater leaking into your home and you don’t know it. That leak can cause a weakening of your roof, and if you live in a place that gets snow, the weight of the snow can cause your roof to collapse while you are inside.
Taking the time to do a self-inspection before calling the experts will save you a lot of headaches, damage, and danger in the future.