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this isn’t feasible for everyone. Due to the high costs that come with remodelling, most people only opt for this option when it is necessary.
Although what is considered necessary may differ from person to person, there are certain signs of deterioration that simply should not be ignored, especially if it is an old house. The homeowner should prioritise in keeping the home safe and habitable by recognising the signs of when repairs and maintenance are needed.
Certas Energy has recently done a campaign on #FixingOldHomes, it talks about some of the more common problems that can crop up in old homes and what you can do to fix them.
How can you tell when your home needs renovating?
1. A Lack of Insulation
Homeowners can identify whether their homes have insulation by spotting sponge-like material either in wall cavities, underneath floorboards or in the loft. Unless skilled, it is often hard to tell by knocking on the walls, instead, try touching the walls to identify if the interior is the same temperature as its exterior. For better confirmation, it is recommended to peel away the drywall to reveal if there is any insulation. If there are empty spaces, it means that there isn’t any insulation.
Homeowners can install their own insulation if the right type of material is known and by following the correct safety precautions. If unsure, there are experts available to provide insulation instalment services as well.
2. Roof Deterioration
Over time, some parts of the roof may become missing or damaged. Signs of roof deterioration can be identified if there is evidence of water damage to the upper floors within the house, bowing gutters or moisture in the loft.
Homeowners can choose to repair small damages to the roof with roof sealant. However, it is recommended to enlist the help of a skilled roofer who is better equipped to do repair work at greater heights or if there are signs of significant damage.
3. Boiler Inefficiency
If a boiler hasn’t been replaced in an old home, it is more likely that it is outdated. These homes will find that the rooms are unable to warm up efficiently and have high heating bills.
Homeowners can attempt to do quick maintenance by flushing out the heating system to remove any sludge in the pipes that might be preventing your boiler from heating your radiators properly. If the problem persists afterwards, replacing your old boiler with a new one is advised.
Mould forms in spaces that are warm and high in moisture, these are more common in bathrooms and kitchens. Where present, the surface may appear to be black and blotchy, in some occurrences the area may even have an unpleasant smell.
Some mould can be removed by using an anti-mould spray, an abrasive sponge and some elbow grease. However, for larger infestations, a professional may be better suited for the job to replace any mouldy grout, sealant or surfaces.
5. Leaking Heating Oil Tank
Some homes have boilers that run on heating oil. Old tanks are prone to leakage so it is important to be aware for cracks in the basing and the signs of oil escaping from the seams and valves.
Oil tanks can be repaired temporarily with strong industrial tape while a permanent solution is being arranged. When looking for an oil tank replacement, smart monitors can be used to help keep tabs on oil levels and whether leakage is present.
These are some of the more pressing signs of an outdated home, should any of these symptoms start showing, it is highly recommended to act accordingly. This will not only ensure that the home is at its best condition but also at its most efficient state.