Home Improvement Projects – Knowing When to Replace or Repair

Is your home literally crumbling before your eyes?

Ignoring much-needed home improvement projects can damage your house and appliances beyond repair. That’s why new homeowners should invest in routine maintenance from the start.

Despite periodic maintenance, repairs may not be enough. Normal wear and tear, age, and weather emergencies can facilitate the need for complete replacements.

How do you know when to replace or repair?

Follow along to understand the signs and prepare your home to weather any storm.

Look For Safety Hazard Signs

There’s no doubt about it: owning a home costs money. Understandably, as a homeowner, you want to save money and are willing to cut corners when you can.

While you may be able to forgo mowing the lawn a few times, other issues aren’t so forgiving.

For example, a broken garage door poses serious safety hazards, and not just for your car.

Garage doors are heavy, and old springs and openers can lead to injuries. Furthermore, you can’t repair old garage door parts; you can only replace them. You can prepare in advance by learning more about Stanley garage door parts, including hinges, rollers, pulleys, and cables. 

Is your old gas stove starting to emit strange odors?

You may have a gas leak on your hands, which is also a safety hazard. Not only are gas leaks fire hazards, but they can have dangerous health consequences, as well.

That seemingly harmless roof leak is another health and safety hazard. Roof leaks lead to mold, which leads to potentially dangerous respiratory illnesses. Mold also causes fatigue, migraines, and dizziness.

Soggy roofing material isn’t the only thing that attracts harmful mold. Clogged bathroom drains are also a magnet for mold, rotting food, and bacteria. Plus, the longer you ignore clogs, the more likely they are to rust and corrode your piping.

Your old wooden porch may look charming, but those creaking sounds indicate a severe problem.

Porch flooring weakens over time, especially when exposed to direct sunlight, heavy rains, and snow year-round. You must replace the porch before someone injures themselves on a loose floorboard.

When in doubt, if you’re stuck on whether to replace or repair something in your home, consider safety hazards first.

Save or Scrap Your Pipes?

You already learned about the health dangers of clogs. Thankfully, you can eliminate clogs without replacing your pipes.

Stop before you buy that store-bought drain cleaner!

Drain cleaner is packed with chemicals, and pouring too much too frequently can corrode your pipes. It’s better to use a snaking tool that can lift out the clog without chemicals.

Set some ground rules in the house to avoid costly repairs. Don’t flush objects, kitty litter, food, and hygiene products down the toilet; likewise, avoid putting hair and other objects down the drain.

With proper upkeep, home plumbing can last several decades, depending on the material. Many homes have galvanized steel pipes, which last anywhere from 20 to 50 years. Cast iron pipes can last up to 100 years, while PVC pipes last even longer.

While plumbing may last a while, don’t push aging pipes past their limits. Old pipes are more likely to burst; you have no choice but to replace them by that point. Plus, you have to pay for water damage repair. 

Leaking pipes are also an issue. If the leaking persists after repairs, consider replacing the pipe to save money in the long run.

If your water smells funny or has a strange color, call a plumber immediately. Contaminated water is dangerous. You’ll need a water test and a possible pipe replacement.

Replace or Repair Your HVAC System?

Similar to your garage door and plumbing, you can replace HVAC parts without replacing the entire HVAC system.

For example, air conditioner filters should be replaced every three months to ensure good indoor air quality. Likewise, you can replace your evaporator coil without replacing the entire AC unit. You can always upgrade your vents too.

Things get more tricky when age is involved. Older furnaces and HVAC systems are overworked from years of use, so they work harder to generate heat and cold air. If you find yourself repairing parts too often, it’s likely time for a replacement.

Strange, frequent sounds are another problem. These sounds typically indicate overuse, old burners, motor issues, heat exchanger cracks, and compressor issues.

Of course, always call an HVAC professional if you smell gas or sulfur odors in the home. Your furnace may have a natural gas leak.

Musty smells are less cause for concern; these orders mean your furnace needs dusting. Moist and moldy smells typically mean there’s a bacterial buildup in the heating coils.

Keep or Toss Old Furniture?

Furniture also lasts for decades with proper maintenance. However, old furniture can become a burden, especially as seat cushions get lumpy and chair legs loosen.

If you plan on keeping your old furniture, you can always reupholster fabrics to breathe new life into sofas and recliners. Likewise, you can take your old wooden chairs and tables to an antique restorer or restore them yourself.

Bedding is another story, and simply washing your bedding isn’t enough. You should buy brand new bedding every two years to prevent any health hazards. Old sheets attract bugs, dust, and other allergens.

You don’t have to keep your furniture for decades. Live a little and replace your furniture as your style changes. Your home should reflect your unique personality.

You can always transform your furniture into brand new pieces. There are plenty of simple DIY tricks for upcycling furniture. For example, you could use sandpaper and chalk paint to transform old drawers into rustic planter boxes.

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You’ve discovered the best times to replace or repair household items.

Don’t wait to fix much-needed repairs or prolong replacements when health and safety are on the line.

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