'Tis the season to DIY so if you're planning a little Spring cleaning and maintenance, these are seven 'silent' signs of house damage you need to look out for. 

After the rotten winter weather, many of us will be considering doing some home renovations as conditions improve. 

In fact, 85% of homeowners are gearing up to do some spring maintenance this year,

However, an expert has warned that many people may not be aware of the hidden dangers that can arise during this transitional season.

With this in mind, DIY expert and owner of leading multi-tool suppliers Saxton Blades, Glen Peskett, has shared seven crucial signs to look out for to keep your home safe and sound.

Glen commented: “Spring brings sunshine, blooming flowers, and a sense of relief after a long winter.

"It's the ideal time to give your house a once-over for any hidden damage that might have snuck up during the colder months."

The expert shared the seven 'silent' signs of home damage you need to be aware of.

How do I know if I have house damage?

Water Stains

Spring showers can reveal water stains on ceilings or walls, hinting at leaks in the roof or plumbing.

While these stains may not be immediately visible, they can worsen over time, potentially leading to mould and structural damage.

Look out for discolouration or peeling paint, especially in moisture-prone areas.”

Musty Odours

If you notice lingering musty odours indoors, particularly after rain, it could signal hidden water damage or mould growth.

Mould thrives in damp environments and can lurk behind walls or under flooring, so it's essential to investigate any unusual smells promptly.

Sagging Floors or Ceilings

Changes in temperature and moisture levels during spring can exacerbate existing structural issues, causing floors or ceilings to sag.

Pay attention to uneven surfaces or cracks, which could indicate underlying problems with the foundation or support beams.

Uneven floors or doors that suddenly stick shut may also require professional inspection, but catching them early can save you money in the long run.

Pest Activity

As temperatures rise, pests like mice or insects become more active, seeking shelter and food indoors.

Keep an eye out for signs of an infestation, such as droppings, chew marks, or hollow-sounding wood, and take preventative measures to protect your home.

Cracked or Damaged Foundation

Inspect the exterior of your home for signs of foundation damage, such as cracks in the walls, uneven settling, or gaps around windows and doors.

Spring showers can expose weaknesses in your walkways, driveway, or patio.

While small cracks might be manageable with a DIY patching kit, larger cracks or uneven surfaces might be best handled by a professional.

Gutter Issues

Spring is an excellent opportunity to regularly clean gutters and check your roof for damage caused by winter storms.

Clogged or damaged gutters can cause water to overflow and pool around the foundation, leading to water damage and erosion.

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Look for missing shingles, warped flashing around vents or chimneys, or any granule loss on asphalt shingles.

If you're uncomfortable with roof work, consider hiring a professional for a thorough inspection.

Fluctuating Utility Bills

If you notice sudden increases in your utility bills, it could be a sign of an inefficient heating, cooling, or insulation system.

Run a home energy audit to identify areas for improvement and reduce energy costs.