Owning your own home is a blessing. And yet, with that blessing comes the responsibilities of upkeep and home maintenance. Taking good care of your property means that your home will provide shelter and enjoyment for years to come. Ideally, your home will also improve in value over time, making it a wise financial investment. No matter how old or new your house is, there are bound to be times when issues crop up that require your immediate attention. Ignoring these problems may not only be costly but may also be dangerous.
14. Out of Date Wiring
In an older home, it is critical to make sure that your electrical wiring is compliant with current electrical codes. Hyde’s is a family-owned air conditioning, heating, and electrical services company. They offer three signs that the electrical wiring in your home may not be up to code. First, homes built in the 1960s and 1970s may contain aluminum wiring instead of copper. Second, a lack of GCFI outlets signals dangerously out-of-date wiring. Third, if you find you are frequently blowing a fuse in your circuit breaker, it may be time for an electrical upgrade.
13. Beeping Smoke Alarm
Smoke alarm batteries always seem to run out in the middle of the night. This makes it tempting to rip the battery from the alarm and head back to bed. If so, don’t forget to replace the battery the next day. Making sure your smoke detector is in good working order is a simple task that can save your life. According to the National Fire Protection Association, you are twice as likely to die in a fire if you do not have a working smoke detector. Furthermore, 43% of smoke detectors that don’t work have missing batteries.