There are many things that can go wrong with a family-sized home; a two-storey building with many internal systems that deliver water and electricity, while also removing all waste material. Regardless of the materials used to build a house, erosion can and will occur and with that in mind, here are some minor issues you might encounter, along with potential fixes.
- Blocked drains – Your drainage system is a complex network of pipes that traverse the property and run underground to connect with the main sewers under the street. This is a time when you need an emergency plumber in Melbourne, a tradesman who has both the tools and the know-how to pinpoint and unblock the obstruction. One great piece of equipment is a go-anywhere CCTV buggy that is deployed into the drainage system to give the plumber a close-up view of the inner pipe surfaces.
- Leaking roof – It doesn’t take much to lift roof tiles from their seating; a gale-force wind is often enough and if it should rain, water will enter the internal structure of the roof. How would you know if this has happened with your roof? One sure sign is damp patches on the upstairs ceilings and if you notice this, a lot of damage has already been done. We recommend asking a local roofer to carry out a thorough roof inspection every 6 months, updating you on the status of your roof.
- Creaking floorboards – This typically occurs when solid timber warps and walking on it cause minimal movement and a creaking sound can be heard. One solution is to have the offending boards removed and install foam backing before replacing the floorboards. You might be lucky and find that a single board has become loose, in which case, refixing it should solve the problem. If you are thinking about installing solar panels on your roof, click here.
- Doors won’t close – Timber expands and contracts according to the temperature and in some cases, a door will swell and it cannot be closed properly. The fix is to remove the door and shave off a small amount where the door makes contact with the frame. This is a small job for a carpenter and if you have any DIY experience, this should be a breeze.
- Concealed water leak – If you suspect that you have a water leak, turn off all faucets and appliances that use water and check the meter; if it is moving, that means you have a leak. Pinpointing a water leak can be a major task, however, your local plumber has the equipment to quickly find a leak, which can then be repaired, saving water and money.
- Leaking faucet – A constantly dripping faucet can lead to damage on a ceramic or stainless-steel sink, which can be difficult to remove. Contact your local plumber, who can either replace the worn washer or install a new faucet.
All of the above issues are common for a homeowner and with a local building maintenance company, you can find all the solutions.