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Why Home Repair Issues Aren’t Always What They Seem

Feb 23, 2021 9:52:00 AM

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Home repair issues can be obvious. Something grinding around in your sink? It's the disposal. But when it comes to exterior issues and structural repairs, it can be more complex than that. Often, it takes an experienced professional to diagnose the problem. Let's take a look at some home repair issues that can be more deceptive than they seem — and that might need home repair services to resolve.

The Pharis Project

An excellent example of home repair issues not being obvious is the Pharis project. Initially, it appeared that a leaking issue was the roof. But when we came in, we found that it was actually the window. This saved the customer a lot of money and a lot of time. Roof repair issues are considerable. The window, while important to fix, was less costly. Knowing exactly what the cause of an issue is can save you a lot of money. Rather than trying to replace a roof that's actually just fine (and then later having to replace the window anyway), you can find the real cause of the problem.

Roof Restoration and Repair

Roof restoration and repair is significant. First, most homeowners actually don't know the complete history of their roof. A roof lasts 20 to 30 years. Many homeowners have purchased their homes within the past five years. You may not know where the roof has already been repaired, where there may be patches that have failed, or whether there may be considerably more significant damage that has just been covered up. And if you don't know these things, you could fix one issue but be left with a myriad of other ones.

Most people just assumed their roof is leaking once they get water inside of their home. But because water can emerge practically anywhere in the property, it's not always that cut-and-dried. A specialist can tell you exactly what's leaking and the best way to resolve it, rather than trying to chase down and block the individual drips

Gas or Electrical Issues

Gas and electrical issues are rarely as simple as they seem. WIth electrical issues, the problem can be that electricity itself is quite complex. There can be issues with voltages and wiring, especially in older homes, which have to be addressed. Both electrical and gas issues can not only be unpredictable but also dangerous. Homeowners should never deal with gas or electrical issues on their own, and, in fact, in many areas they aren't allowed to. 

Something as simple as a flickering light could actually be something that has been wired incorrectly and has to be fixed or it could become dangerous. A gas leak is always dangerous and could be coming from somewhere unexpected, it may just be emerging and obvious in a particular area. Professionals will be able to track down and deal with gas and electrical issues without them becoming more dangerous.

Structural Repairs

Structural repairs such as masonry and siding need to be investigated because they can be symptomatic of broader issues. Let's say that there's masonry or siding cracking on the side of your home. This could be because of damage to the siding. But it could also be major foundation issues, which are tearing apart the structure of the property itself. This is something that needs to be diagnosed. If the cracks and chips are covered up, that could just be covering up the evidence that something more significant is wrong.


Frequently, plumbing issues need to be explored before they can be diagnosed. Leaks inside of your home could be originating anywhere and they might not even be from a pipe; they could be from a leak above. If the water pressure has gone down, it could be an issue virtually anywhere from the road to your house. And if there are clogs in the pipes, what the clogs are and where they are will need to be identified through the use of professional tools.

Basement Renovations

Basement renovations can be surprisingly unpredictable. When it comes to basements, basements aren't always finished by previous owners, or designed the way that you would think. If the previous homeowners made mistakes, you won't know until a professional looks at it — and if you don't get repairs properly resolved, you could find yourself with expensive issues such as flooding.

While some home repair issues may be quite simple, there will always be problems that are more complex. If you don't address these issues with professional home repair services, you could make them worse rather than better. Get your home repairs diagnosed by a professional at Exterior Medics — we can give you a no-obligation quote for the repairs.