Aged homes can be prone to specific structural issues due to their age and wear and tear.

Identifying the structural issues common in old homes ensures a safe place for you and your family, giving you peace of mind.

So here are five common structural problems seen in old homes:

1. Moisture Damage:

Moisture damage can occur due to poor ventilation, leaks in plumbing or roofing, and other sources of water intrusion. This can cause wood rot, paint peel, mould growth, and other hazardous issues.

2. Foundation Problems:

Older homes may have foundation problems, such as cracks that can weaken the home’s structure. This can cause settling and shifting over time, leading to unsafe conditions.

3. Electrical Problems:

Aging wiring can become outdated, frayed, or damaged over time which can cause electrical hazards in the home. It is crucial to have an electrician inspect your home’s wiring regularly to ensure it is up-to-code and safe for use.

4. Roof and Siding Damage:

Roofs and siding can be vulnerable to damage from weather, pests, or other sources. This can lead to leaks and water damage, weakening the home’s structure.

5. Pest Infestation:

Insects, rodents, birds, and other pests may enter an aged home. This can create an unsanitary environment and increase the risk of structural damage due to their nesting and burrowing behaviours.

It is essential to watch for any potential signs of these issues to maintain a safe living environment in an aged home.

If you are staying in an old home in Adelaide and want to ensure it’s livable, contact us at JR Southern Underpinning so we can assess your building structure and foundations.