Renovating A House? Here Are Some Problems You Might Encounter

Renovating your house is a game-changer, some people say. Yes, it breathes new life into your living space. You should probably go for it.

You, however, need to understand that house renovation isn’t an easy task. You should plan well so that some of the challenges won’t hinder your progress.

Read below some of the problems you’re likely to encounter.

1. Dry Rot

A fungus that grows in wet wood and causes a white stain on the wood causes this. It makes the wood soft and crumbly. Even after you have repaired the water leakage, dry rot may continue to grow into more wood.

In modern times, home builders treat wood to prevent rot damage.

2. Junk


Your house may be full of unwanted items that occupy space you would want to use for different purposes. You may not know where to take them during your renovation. 

There are better ways to dispose of your home’s junk. Some organizations offer junk removal services. They pick your unwanted stuff and either recycle, donate, or repurpose them. The service opens up your space without having to litter your neighborhood.

3. Asbestos

Most homes used asbestos because it is a fire retardant. You understand how fire is a good servant but a bad master. This is why many houses that were built 40 years ago used asbestos extensively. Homebuilders used it in ductwork, flooring, HVAC system, roofing, and insulations.

Most homeowners and builders had not discovered that asbestos is harmful in powder form. The reason is when intact and in good shape, asbestos is harmless. Researchers later found that it becomes a health hazard when you cut, saw, or scrap it. When you inhale its powder, you may suffer severe lung damage.

4. Mold

This is both a health hazard and a destructive agent in your home. Mold will cause your house to have a stale smell. Mold grows on various surfaces such as wood, fabric, paper, and plastic.

The ideal places where mold grows are:

  • On wet cellulose materials such as paper products, wood products, insulation materials
  • Windows that allow condensation to build-up
  • Behind closets and poorly aerated places of your house
  • Sites with leaks or flooding

5. Lead Paint

lead paint

If your house is about 40 years plus, then most likely, the paint the builders used had lead. Lead was used in paint to increase its durability, make it dry faster, repel moisture (moisture causes corrosion), and maintain a fresh appearance on surfaces where you apply the paint.

However, lead is a health hazard to domestic animals, children, and adults alike. When you expose the paint that has lead to heat or scratch your wall using sandpaper, the lead will escape into the air. 

When you inhale high levels of lead paint dust, you may damage your brain or kidney. Extreme exposure to lead can cause death. So lead poisoning became rampant in homes where the builders used lead paint.

6. Foundation Problems

The early home constructors had great skill, and the houses they built can show that. However, they did not have sufficient exposure to possible causes of foundation failure. You may use the best materials and skillfully lay them. But each material has a weakness.

Modern builders understand the science of materials, and they will always safeguard any material weak points to prolong the life of a design. Guarding against water seeping into materials is one such strategy. Over time, water will crumble your structure if you don’t plan for it well.

So the problem with most foundations is runoff water. When you don’t provide proper grading in the foundation, water will ‘eat’ your base. It is the foundation that holds the house. A weak foundation will manifest in the form of cracks on walls and floors. This is a sign that your home is crumbling under its weight-it has insufficient base strength to hold the house.

7. Electrical Wiring

You agree that the wiring did not consider the modern-day electrical appliances in old homes, which consume a lot of power. This power demand will most likely overstretch your system and cause frequent electrical faults.

The other electrical problem is that the electricians did not earth the power system in the old wiring style. Live and neutral cabling alone doesn’t offer sufficient safety. Grounding reduces the likelihood of you getting an electric shock. This is why the modern-day electric cables have three protruding outlets-live, neutral, and earth.

Insulation is a significant safety aspect of electrical wiring. During your house renovation, you may probably discover worn-out wires, naked joints, or brittle wires that cannot guarantee your protection from electrical faults. You need to update your electrical wiring using the latest technologies to be safe and comfortable at the same time.

8. Plumbing


You most likely encounter plumbing problems when your pipes are mainly galvanized. Such pipes get corroded or clogged. You may find this problem also in your sewer line.

You may encounter other plumbing issues: leaking toilets, sump pump failure, inadequate sizes of equipment and insufficient water pressure, water line break, etcetera.

When you understand the problems you may encounter, you will position yourself with better solutions for your house renovation project.

I am Vera Watson. Drawing The House is a dream that was conceived when I saw a niche in consumer guide on almost everything in our homes. My main aim is to help you save money by testing the products you need and recommending you the best of them all. I believe in the family as an institution and the first way to make a family happy is providing the best for them.

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