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Here are the riskiest home repairs to put off—and how to avoid future problems

It’s no secret that home ownership can get expensive. Apart from all the years of upkeep and maintenance, homeowners often find themselves on the hook for large repair costs. Frankly, repair costs can be unpredictable, and it’s difficult to budget for times of crisis. We understand that. Sometimes, it can be tempting to hold off on certain repairs and use that money for something fun, like a summer cruise! But it is important to remember that home repairs are a necessary investment.

With some smaller repairs, you may get away with putting them off a little longer. However, that’s not true for all the repair needs of your home. In this article, we will be walking through the riskiest home repairs you will not want to put off another week! Check out the infographic below for additional information you will want to know.

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1. Missing Roof Shingles

Pesky, misplaced, or missing roof shingles may seem like the least of your worries. One little shingle can’t make that big of an impact, right? Wrong.

The cost of delaying a minor roofing repair far outweighs the cost of calling an expert to get the shingle(s) fixed immediately. To name a few problems that are inevitable to happen, there are structural roof leaks and mold growth where your roof is left unprotected. Leaving your roof exposed is a recipe for creating more problems!

How to avoid this disaster waiting to happen

If you notice a missing/misplaced shingle or any unusual signs of a problem, call a roofing expert today. Schedule a roofing inspection with the pros and thank yourself tomorrow.

2. Sewer Line Clogs and Leaks

This annoying problem you hope to never encounter is bad for similar reasons: water damage, mold, and sewer backups. This time, it’s caused by cracks, breaks, and clogs in the sewer line. If this type of sewage problem is left alone to seek the “domino effect,” soon you won’t just have a small repair cost any more. Instead, you’ll have water damage and mold remediation costs nearing $10,000 or more in the near future.

How to avoid this disaster waiting to happen

Be proactive now by disposing of food correctly and keeping tabs on any tree roots within 10 feet of your home’s sewer line. If you already sense a backup or problem is coming, call our team of plumbing professionals at Allbritten out for an inspection.

Tip: The smell of sewage in your front yard or saturated spots in the soil above the sewer line are some of the clear indicators of a sewer line leak. Act fast!

3. Electrical Problems

Indoor electricity has become integrated into our everyday lives, but we often don’t put much thought into the wires behind the wall. Electrical problems can not only be pricey if left unrepaired, it can be one of the most dangerous threats laying in wait. On average, 24,000 electrical fires are reported every year in the United States. From 2014 to 2016 damages caused by electrical fires resulted in about $871 million in property losses. Not to mention the amount of injuries and death that was involved in these family homes. It is a scary and tragic thought, so be informed and proactive.

Be on the lookout for frayed wiring, improper grounding, and circuit overloading. Frayed wiring can cause sparks or catch fires on nearby furniture when still used instead of repaired. Improper grounding is important to avoid when installing new fixtures or outlets to protect your home from electrical currents. Lastly, circuit overloading is avoidable by not plugging in too many things into one circuit at one time. Breaker malfunctions are a top cause in house fires.

How to avoid this disaster waiting to happen

Be mindful of how many outlets are being used from one circuit at a time. Do not use or put off repairing frayed wires. Make sure you have an expert install any new light fixtures or outlets to ensure proper grounding techniques. Always be attentive to any new electrical problems by immediately calling your local repair professional.

Conclusion

In conclusion, it is better to be proactive than reactive. Save yourself a headache, save your wallet a crunch, and save your family from having to deal with a disaster. Remember these top three home repairs you never want to put off and act fast. Call Allbritten for all your plumbing and HVAC needs here in Fresno and the Central Valley.

 

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