DIY - Home Improvement

What’s Lurking In Your Walls?

Our homes are incredible structures, they keep us warm, cosy and dry from the external elements and provide a base to create wonderful and heartwarming memories throughout the years. However, our homes can also harbour secrets, and we aren’t talking about skeletons in the closet. Beneath the paint, wallpaper and plaster of your walls could be a nasty surprise that may not be uncovered until it has become a costly repair or worse, requires complete renovation of your property. 
If you’ve been giving a certain wall in your home a side-eye until now, it might be worth investigating that doubt at the back of your mind in case you unearth one of the following hidden problems in your home;

Damp Patches

While the problems that damp brings such as mould, increased chance of woodworm and the likelihood of timber damage such as wet rot or dry rot can be quite visible and have a noticeable smell. The beginning signs of a damp problem aren’t always obvious and can easily go unnoticed until the small issue becomes a big one. Regularly assess your walls, especially during a wet day and take note of any spreading damp patches or areas that feel cold and wet to the touch. The earlier you catch a damp problem, the less damage it can cause and the lower the cost of the potential repairs. When taking care of damp, make sure to first remove or repair the source of moisture, such as repairing holes in walls and ceilings and replacing damage damp-proof course in external walls. 

Inefficient Insulation

Insulation is important as it keeps your home lovely and warm and prevents all that expensive hot air you have paid to keep toasty from escaping your property and allowing the cold, uncomfortable air in. While in the summer it’s not going to be a big deal, in the winter you’ll have desperately wished to have it repaired sooner so make sure your inner wall insulation is up to speed. This has become a larger issue in the UK over the last few years after free government-offered cavity wall insulation provided to low-income properties has recently been found to be unsuitable for a certain number of properties. This has led to potentially expensive repairs that the home-owners are required to cover out of pocket. 

A Whole New World

We can’t escape the hundreds and thousands of tiny little micro-organisms that live in our properties and on our skin (sorry readers), however, these unseen microbes do us more good than harm. The same for which cannot be said for the types of pests that can live undetected in our property walls. The pests that infest our homes, such as birds, rodents and bugs may seem harmless but over time and in their numbers can cause huge amounts of structural damage including affecting timber structures, chewing through wires and even blocking plumbing systems. Most of the time these pests can be detected through investigating attic and basement spaces thoroughly and regularly checking crawl-spaces and vents. You can also reduce the chance of pests in your property by living cleanly and ensuring no enticing lose food is left out. 
Our homes are probably the largest investment of your life, whether paying a mortgage or paying rent so it’s important we take care of it. Regularly check your property over, especially when moving out or into harsher seasons such as winter when the rain and wind will truly test your properties insulation and structure. With regular maintenance and a bit of tender loving care, our homes will stand the test of time and the cost of repairs and renovations will never become out-of-hand due to unseen circumstances and problems that need additional work. 

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