Older homes are filled with charm, unique craftsmanship, and strong curb appeal, so it’s no wonder why so many people are drawn to them. However, they do have a few drawbacks. Most notably, the “guts” of the home may need some updating.
Common Problems Found in Old Homes
Wiring installed before the 1960s has a lifespan of about 70 years. Once the insulation surrounding the wire begins to deteriorate, you run the risk of electrical fires, shocks, circuits shorting, and consistent power failures.
Lead paint and asbestos weren’t banned in construction until the late 1970s, meaning many homes before then still contain these hazardous materials. Fortunately, an abatement team can eliminate these threats and keep your family safe.
Whether due to the use of substandard materials, improper plumbing practices, or just natural wear and tear, poor plumbing will be a major issue if left unresolved. In addition to the daily inconvenience of clogged toilets and poor water pressure, a serious failure can lead to water damage and mold.
Over time, termites can ravage a home’s floors, structural supports, and drywall. If the damage is extensive, it can affect the structural integrity of your home. Common signs of termite damage include buckling floors, tiny holes in drywall, hollow-sounding wood supports, and bubbling or peeling paint.