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Most common home issues

1. Poor Drainage.
This is the most common problem found commonly in older homes. To improve or eliminate this problem, excess water must be safely channeled away from the house by installing a new roof, gutters, and/or downspouts. Lot re-grading may also be necessary.

2. Roof Leaks.
Issues with roofs are found in many homes, even new homes. These issues often occur as a result of aging and wear, but may also be the result of improper installation. Roof damage may be caused by improperly installed flashing or old or damaged roofing material. It's relatively easy and inexpensive to repair or replace a few shingles and small amounts of flashing, but if the roof is old, the entire roof must be replaced.

3. Faulty Wiring.
An out-of-date or inadequate electrical wiring system is a common problem, particularly in older homes. This problem may be dangerous and it could be a fire hazard. In extreme cases, some or all of the entire electrical system may need to be replaced. Houses built between 1960 and 1973 may have aluminum lower branch wiring, which proved unstable and subject to surface corrosion when placed in direct contact with dissimilar metals at fixture and outlet connections. Aluminum wiring does not necessarily need to be replaced, but does require maintenance from a licensed electrician to prevent loose connections and direct contact with dissimilar metals on fixtures.

4. Unsafe Heating System.
An older or poorly maintained heating system can be a serious safety hazard. In extreme cases, the furnace may have to be replaced, which can be major expense. Carbon monoxide detectors should be installed in homes with furnaces fueled by gas, oil or coal. The climate in your region will dictate the type of heating equipment a home will require.

5. Plumbing System Problems.
The most common plumbing flaws are faulty fixtures and old or outdated piping materials. Most repairs include simple replacement of fixtures, but in extreme cases replacing the entire plumbing system may be necessary.

Polybutylene pipe is a type of plastic piping that is used in 6-10 million homes built between 1978 and 1996. The main problem associated with polybutylene piping is leakage due to a breakdown of the material. Some homes have suffered disastrous damage due to these leaks. Polybutylene can easily be identified by its distinctive appearance, labeling, and connectors. It was developed in the 1970s as an inexpensive alternative to copper.


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