If you own an older home, it may be a source of pride. Regular upkeep and maintenance will preserve the property and help it retain its value. However, some problems are common with aging properties. From settling foundations to outdated HVAC systems, these issues can be a burden and even become dangerous or costly if not addressed. Here are a few of the most common concerns in older homes and how to manage them.
Foundation settling and the development of cracks are common issues with older homes. Cracks can occur when the soil beneath your foundation shifts or deteriorates over time due to erosion or improper construction. If ignored, gaps and cracks can lead to structural damage and water infiltration into your basement or crawlspace. To address this problem, consult with a foundation repair specialist to assess the severity of the issue and recommend appropriate courses of action.
Plumbing Concerns in Older Homes
Pipe corrosion and resulting leaks can occur in older plumbing systems. Corrosion can occur when pipes sustain damage due to the reaction between metal and water, leading to pinhole leaks or cracks. Leaks may seem small but lead to costly water damage over time. Be aware of the signs of a plumbing leak so you can take action quickly before problems worsen.
Replace corroded pipes and fixtures as soon as possible because leaving them unchecked could result in worsening damage that leads to even more expensive repairs. Periodically inspecting the plumbing is essential to household maintenance, especially if you live in a home with older pipes made from cast iron or galvanized steel.
Outdated HVAC Systems
Another common problem in older homes is an outdated heating and cooling system. An HVAC system can last between 10 and 25 years; however, as technology advances, newer methods become more efficient at controlling the temperature while using less energy than their predecessors. An old system may cost you more money each month in energy bills and negatively impact indoor air quality. Contact an experienced HVAC technician to advise whether it’s better to repair or replace their existing system based on its age and condition.
Concerns in Older Homes: Drafty Windows
Drafty windows occur when the seals between window panes break down over time due to weathering or wear and tear. Inefficient windows lead to higher energy bills and decreased comfort levels inside the home due to temperature fluctuations. Invest in new windows designed for superior insulation performance to remedy this problem. If new windows are not in the budget, install thermal blinds and curtains to add a layer of insulation over the window glass.
Owning an older home is sometimes challenging, but understanding some of the most common problems associated with them helps you prepare for issues that arise during ownership. Promptly addressing these issues will ensure your home remains safe and comfortable for years.
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