Common Issues Beneath The Surface
Did you know that almost 40 percent of homes in the United States were built before 1970? There are many older homes in the country. Old homes can have a lot more charm than modern ones, at least those that have stood the test of time. However, there are many problems below the surface. You can avoid these issues before you buy or sell an old house.
Some Hidden Problems in Old Homes
- Plumbing: You’re most likely using faulty plumbing, such as steel, that lasts about 20 years.
- Hazardous Materials: It is common to find asbestos and lead–two of most dangerous building materials–in older houses. Children are at risk from lead, which is a neurotoxic metal. On the other hand asbestos is known to cause lung cancer and respiratory problems.
- Mold and Mildew: Even the smallest amount water damage, such as a refrigerator leak or a dishwasher overflow, can cause mold or mildew to develop in an older home. It doesn’t take long for rot in many older homes in the region, which are often made of wood.
- Termite Damage: The longer a home is left standing, the more termites it will attract. Older homes are often made from durable wood, which termites love. Termite damage to flooring, structural supports, or drywall can cause irreparable damage over time.
Consider selling your house to make quick cash. This will help you avoid costly and long-term home renovations. Juanita Couch can be reached at (214)766-2918