Keep Your Home Safe from Silent Destroyers

Water leak-damaged ceiling of a house in New Zealand“There is no place like home.” It is the place that provides incomparable comfort and where you feel whole with your family. But, are you providing the care and maintenance it needs in return?

A home is a structure full of intricate systems that many homeowners overlook, and these are the areas that need close attention to prevent damages.

The Water and Sewage Lines are Getting Old

In New Zealand, about 270,000 domestic sewage systems have a failure rate ranging from 15 to 50 per cent. If a sewer backs up or a pipe breaks, the damage can reach the floors, appliances and electrical systems.

Watch out for signs of pipe damage, such as slow toilet drainage and dripping taps. And know the age of the pipes to understand the repair it would need once it fails.

Stealth Moves of Leaks and Drains

Damages from drain congestion and water leaks take time, as they build up slowly going unnoticed until they rot and accumulate moulds that will cause structural damage and health risks. Apart from using water leak detection systems and applying drain blockage solutions, it helps to contact your plumbers to do a routine check on your home’s piping system.

Unwanted Visitors

The most common termite in the country is the drywood termite and they gnaw on old wood or timber. They can potentially destroy a home’s structure by eating away the flooring, walls and furniture.

Other unwelcome visitors are pests, such as ants, wasps or bats that usually take over your loft spaces and wall cavities. Their nests can damage a house’s plumbing, wiring and framing system.

On top of studying what termites or pests can possibly infest your home, secure your vents or crawl spaces with welded-wire fabric or chicken wire. When in doubt, have a pest control company assess your house.

More Than Just a Crack

The ground underneath a home can be prone to sinking and shifting that would cause the structure to weaken or collapse. Look out for long and wide diagonal cracks on the walls inside and outside of the house, this is the earliest sign of possible subsidence.

Your home is like your own body, consisting of many interconnected complex systems. Ignore one small problem and the entire structure will fail to function. Give your home the proper care it needs and keep a close watch on its overlooked areas.