6 Urgent Home Repairs That Can’t Wait & What You Should Do When They Happen to You

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The average American has 9 DIY home repair jobs they want to get done but are putting off.

While this statistic might make you feel better, there are serious risks to avoiding important home repairs. When it comes to home maintenance, ignoring what needs to be done can lead to more time and money spent in the long run.

If you’re new to homeownership, you might not how to perform basic home repairs yourself – and that’s okay. Some repairs require professional help.

Home maintenance isn’t just about repairs – prevention can go a long way.

Keep reading to learn more about some of the most common urgent home repairs that you can’t afford to avoid – and what to do when they happen to you. 

Gas Leaks

If you smell guess gas or suspect that you might have a gas leak, it’s important that you take action right away.

Gas leaks can be dangerous because just a spark in an area where there’s a gas leak can cause a fire or explosion. If you suspect a gas leak, don’t light any matches or smoke.

You also shouldn’t turn anything electrical on or off. You should turn off the gas supply at your meter and air out your space by opening doors and windows.

Gas leaks aren’t just dangerous to you, they’re dangerous to those around you. That’s why it’s imperative that you follow these instructions and contact a gas fitter to repair any gas leaks as soon as possible. 

Water Leaks

Water leaks need fixed right away. Fixing water leaks as soon as they happen will save you thousands of dollars in the long run because of the structural damage that is caused by longterm water damage.

If you find a water leak, plug the leak and replace the leaking pipe as soon as possible. Replacement taps are affordable, but you get what you pay for, so be sure not to opt for the cheapest one you can find.

It’s best to hire a plumber to fix any leaks you find. Plugging the leak is only a temporary fix until the plumber can get to the property.

For major leaks, you’ll likely need to replace your entire pipe. 

Broken Windows/Doors

Broken windows and doors should be fixed right away to prevent trespassers from entering your home.

It is possible to fix the shattered glass in your doors or windows yourselves. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Putty knife
  • Window putty
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Replacement glass
  • Glaziers points
  • Heavy gloves
  • Safety goggles

Remember, there’s no shame in hiring a professional to fix your windows and doors for you, especially when the safety of your family and property are at risk. 

Blocked Toilets, Pipes, and Drains

If your toilet is blocked, consider what you are putting in it. You should be throwing away anything besides toilet paper.

Clogged shower drains are easily fixable. If hair is clogging the drain, you can remove it quickly by unscrewing the drain cap or just pulling the hair out from the top of the drain. Be sure to wear gloves while doing this. 

If you find other drains blocked, you can often remove the blockage by hand. If you can’t see exactly what’s causing the blockage, use a toilet plunger.

You can also pour baking soda and vinegar into the drain to break down solid matter causing blockages over time. If these DIY methods don’t work, it’s time to call a professional.

Damaged Roofs, Gutters, and Downpipes

If you experience a clog in your gutter or downpipe, you can probably do the repair yourself. Leaves are the most common cause of buildup that blocks water from draining properly. To ensure your drainage works properly, you should get a ladder, brush, and plastic bag and remove any trapped leaves several times a year. 

If your gutters have holes from rust, you could face serious problems. Rust eats through steel and causes water and grime to fall through.

You should be able to make these repairs yourself with a gutter scoop and some roofing cement. All you need to do is apply roofing cement with a caulking gun on either side of any holes. 

Keeping your gutters clean is your job as a homeowner and failing to do so could jeopardize any insurance claims you make for water, mold or structural damage that could have been prevented by proper maintenance. 

Of course, if your entire roof needs replaced, you shouldn’t attempt this yourself. You should call a licensed roofing professional at this point. 

Broken Water Heaters

Water heaters usually only last 10-15 years. If you’re experiencing problems with yours, it might be time for a new one. When it comes to replacing a water heater, it’s best to use a licensed installer.

If you know what you’re doing and you suspect the problem is the heating elements, you may be able to undertake the repair yourself. Be prepared, as it’s a long process

Home Repairs and Prevention

While doing home repairs is an expected part of homeownership, there are things you can do to keep things routine and avoid disasters. One example of this is waterproofing your basement.

Even when you maintain your home to the best of your ability, water leaks and damage is possible. Reduce your potential exposure and protect your home and possessions by waterproofing your basement.

Contact us today for a free inspection and to learn more about how you can protect your basement from costly water damage.