Home inspections tend to be daunting. What if the inspector finds major problems? What if the buyer backs out unless you pay up to get those issues fixed? And what if they’re expensive fixes? Luckily, there are cost-effective solutions to many common home inspection problems, from damaged pipes to defective heating. Staying on top of the issues can save time, money, and headaches when it’s time for the inspection, and satisfy your home buyer, too.
According to Realtor magazine, these are five of the most common home inspection problems you might run in to, and our solutions for taking care of the issues without breaking the bank.
Home Inspection Problem #1: Cracks in the foundation
Cracks in the foundation of your home can lead to mold growth or collapse.
Home Inspection Problem #2: Clogged drains
Nothing brings your household to a screeching halt like a clogged drain. Water backing up or slow to drain in the sink or shower, low water pressure, or a foul odor coming from a drain are all indications of an impending clog.
Solution: While a clog can be easy to clear, it should be addressed quickly to avoid more serious problems and additional costs. Maplewood Plumbing can get your drains working and keep your house running smoothly. Click here to save $20 on drain cleaning services.
Home Inspection Problem #3: Damaged Pipes
A sewage backup is a huge problem that can lead to extensive costs and weeks of repair time. The traditional solution-replacing the pipes-isn’t a much better alternative. While it solves the problem, it’s not easy on the budget, and the work involved requires digging up your yard, landscaping, and even the inside of your home, leading to even more repair costs.
Solution: Pipe lining is a non-invasive way to repair damaged pipes, by creating a pipe within an existing pipe. This solution doesn’t require damage to your property, is less expensive than other methods, and is faster. Maplewood Plumbing can get the job done in as little as 24 hours. . Learn more about pipe lining here.
Home Inspection Problem #4: Inadequate water pressure
Solution: Check water pressure using a pressure gauge, available at home improvement stores. Connect the pressure gauge to an outside faucet. If your water pressure is below 45 PSI, try turning the handle of the shut-off valves near your water meter. Be sure to keep your water pressure regulator below 75 PSI to avoid plumbing damage. Otherwise, if your faucets outside are working fine, it might be time to clean or replace the specific sink, shower, or other fixture with low water pressure. Maplewood Plumbing offers water pressure restoration services, including cleaning and replacement.
Home Inspection Problem #5: Clogged or bent gutters
Gutters channel water away from your house. When they don’t work properly, it can lead to foundation, landscape, and wood damage.
Solution: Remove the bottom portion of the downspout and spray your garden hose at full pressure upwards into the spout. Feed the hose into the spout as the clog loosens. Maplewood Plumbing offers downspout cleaning services for particularly stubborn clogs. Also, remember to inspect these 10 areas around the perimeter of your home each Spring.
Great curb appeal tells inspectors and potential buyers that you pay attention to the details and keep up with home maintenance. beyond the gutters, a fresh coat of paint, trimmed bushes, washed siding, and a manicured lawn are great ways to make your home look warm and inviting.
With preventative maintenance and routine inspections of your home’s plumbing and other fixtures, you may avoid some of these common problems seen during a home inspection. The quicker you pass a home inspection, the closer you are to selling your home!
If you have noticed any of these issues in your own home and are preparing for a home inspection (either soon or down the road), Maplewood Plumbing is happy to help make your home inspection-ready. Call us today at 314-300-0189 or visit https://maplewoodplumbing.com/ to learn more about how to prepare your home to pass an inspection with flying colors!
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