1. Leaky Roof

When water continuously seeps into your home, you risk structural damage, mold, a fire if the water connects with electrical wiring or destruction of your personal property from water damage.

  1. Overloaded Electrical System

Outlets or switches that feel warm, fuses that blow out frequently or flickering lights all point to too much power running through outdated electrical wiring.

  1. Pest Infestations

Ants, termites, roaches and rodents don’t travel alone. If you see one, you can bet many others lurk just out of sight. Besides chewing on wood, rodents also gnaw on roofs creating leaks and chomp down on wiring, which can easily cause a fire..

  1. Plumbing Leaks

All leaks, no matter what the size, need to be addressed as soon as they’re detected. They may manifest themselves as a discolored place on your wall or ceiling that grows into a leaking bulge.

  1. Natural Gas Leak

Although natural gas is entirely odorless, your utility company adds mercaptan to it, which smells like rotten eggs. That helps you detect a natural gas leak, which may come from a extinguished pilot light or a broken gas main. Because of the danger involved, call 911 and they will send a gas company technician to your home.

  1. Foundation Cracks

As a home ages, the foundation may develop small cracks, but if you have one big enough to put a pencil into, that needs to be taken care of immediately. Water and pests can both gain entry into your home through foundation cracks.

  1. Faulty Septic Systems

If your home isn’t part of a sewer system, you have a septic tank. That’s where human waste goes into an underground container. Every two or three years the solids need to be removed from the tank by a professional.

  1. Clean Your Chimney

Creosote builds up, birds make nests and other debris gets into your chimney. If it’s not cleaned once a year, you risk carbon monoxide poisoning or a fire.

  1. Plugged or Broken Gutters

Water pooling around the house may mean the gutters need cleaning or it can mean the gutter is broken or not tightly connected to the downspout. If this repair is postponed, water can get into your basement and cause rot and mold, which can be very expensive to repair.