If you don't pay attention to what your house is trying to tell you, you may end up with a huge mess on your hands. A maintenance issue that goes neglected or unnoticed will end up costing you much more in the end than paying attention to these signs and taking care of the problem early.
Stains Around Bath Fan
Do you see water stains around your bathroom exhaust fan? That might mean that you have condensation forming in the duct. That could cause to lots of problems, including mold, deteriorating drywall or damaging your exhaust fan parts. To fix this problem, head into your attic to make sure you have enough insulation around the fan duct, and that it not sagging where the duct meets the roof. You may need to run your fan longer as well to make sure all the condensation gets out of your bathroom.
Melted Grommets on Water Heater
On top of your gas water heater, you'll find plastic grommets around the pipes coming into the heater. If your water heater is not properly exhausting the used gas, it may cause a back draft which will release the hot air back into your house, causing these plastic grommets to melt. This is a serious issue because you could have dangerous carbon monoxide coming back into your home. To fix this, first make sure your exhaust duct is connected properly and also make sure you have carbon monoxide detectors throughout your house. You can also run an incense test to make sure you have a good connection.
Water Meter Not Stopping
If your water meter is continuously going, it means you have a leak. First, test this by making sure all of your faucets and plumbing fixtures are turned off, then check your low-flow indicator. If it is showing that water is running, you can guarantee you have a leak. You can search for an indoor leak by looking at and feeling all visible plumbing (under sinks and around fixtures), and searching for water spots on ceilings and walls or feeling for soft spots around shower fixtures or sprinkler heads. To check for an outdoor leak, turn off your home's main water valve and see if the meter is still running, if it is, you have a leak between the meter and the house, and will likely require excavation to fix.
Musty Smell in House
If you smell your house and notice it is musty or funky, you may have a mold problem. We never recommend trying to handle mold by yourself. The best way to ensure your mold problem is completely fixed is to hire a certified professional that will guarantee their work.
These are only some of the maintenance signs you should watch. If you are renting out your home, you'll want to make sure that your property manager knows all the signs of maintenance issues. A good inspection team and maintenance coordinator can help to catch any problems early, saving you money and keeping your tenants happy. Learn more about what make a good property manager in our free Guide to hiring a Property Manager.