Signs of a Faulty Home You Shouldn’t Ignore

Signs of a Faulty Home You Shouldn’t Ignore

The following contribution is from another author.

Your home can break down around you if you’re not sure what to look out for. And in truth, many homeowners don’t know the signs before they buy. Which can make a lot of trouble for them later on down the line; faults can crop up all the time and it’s best to know what they look like! Otherwise it could cost you your whole savings budget, and even force you out of your home if left without proper maintenance. With that in mind, let’s go through the most common faults that will need your immediate attention. 

Spots of Mold

Mold should never go ignored; the spores themselves can do serious harm to your skin and lungs. So once you spot some black blemishes forming on your bathroom walls or in between your kitchen tiles, it’s time to get some mold cleaner in there! Even just a watered down bleach solution will work well here; mix it to a ratio, apply it to the spots, leave it to sit for an hour, and then wash it off thoroughly. Do this once a week until the mold can’t be seen anymore. 

Toilet Doesn’t Flush Properly

If your toilet isn’t flushing, it could be a sign a pipe is blocked somewhere, or it could mean your toilet bowl is about to overflow and flood your house. Alternatively it could mean the handle is just broken, and if you want to know how to fix a loose toilet handle see here, but it could be something a lot more serious. You won’t know until you investigate! Go round the house, and its exterior, and check for signs of damage. You may also want to send a plumber’s snake down, just in case. 

Something Not Closing Properly

If there are doors and windows in your property that don’t close properly, it’s time to either rehang them or recaulk the seal around them. Not only could this become a hazard in the future, what with the chance of them falling off or out, but it means you’re wasting money anytime you turn the heating on! When a door doesn’t close properly, and a window can’t be shut, all the hot air you pump in will fly straight out again. 

A Bad Smell in the Air

If there’s a bad smell somewhere in your home, it could be a sign that your garbage hasn’t been emptied properly. Or it could mean there’s a fault in the wiring in the walls. Or it could mean the plumbing has backed up. Or it could mean there’s something wrong in the attic. What we’re trying to say here is that a bad smell is a problem no matter what! And because there are all kinds of causes behind one, you’re going to need to whip around as fast as possible to find the issue. 

If your home springs a fault, it’s best to know the signs now. They may one day explode into bigger problems. 


Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).