It is always a good idea to be able to identify the signs of water damage in order to keep your home free of mold and potential expensive renovations. When you are looking to buy a new home, a home inspector should be hired to look for any signs of water damage that may be in the home. Leaky pipes, sprinklers hitting too close to the house, foundation cracks, or flooding can all cause water damage. Not only is water damage bad, but it can lead to mold and serious health effects. Today, we at Lifeline Home Inspections would like to further elaborate on the signs of water damage.
Signs of Water Damage on Ceiling or Inside Walls
Water rings on the ceiling or walls are obvious signs of water damage inside a home. When there is a leaking roof or problems in an attic these rings are often present. Leaking pipes, and ultimately costly repairs, are indicated by cracked or warped floors, or even soft or sagging spots on the floors close to the dishwasher, washing machine, tub, shower or sinks. You can look for signs like discoloration or warping by checking out the cabinets under the sink in the kitchen and bathroom for watermarks. Leaking pipes may be suggested by watermarks. Water damage spots may be hidden with a quick fix so home inspectors will be sure to look for any new repairs on walls, ceilings, and windows. If there is water damage and it has been there for quite some time, there may be a musty or mildew odor present.
Checking Exterior House for Water Damage
To keep water away from the foundation, the ground around your home should slope away from the property. A home inspector can identify the slope and know if it is sufficient to prevent rainwater and flooding away from the foundation. You may have water damage to the foundation and crawlspace in the event the slope is inefficient. Since water will always work its way towards the lowest point, frequently that is the cracks around your foundation. A home inspector will walk around the exterior of the house to check that downspouts from the roof direct water away from the house and that the gutters are secure, intact and properly attached. If the water is not being properly diverted away from the home, issues with the downspouts or gutters will manifest. Home inspectors will also inspect the roof and attic to see if there are any signs of improperly installed roof drains and missing or cracked shingles or leakage in the attic space. It is also important to make sure sprinklers are not hitting the house with water causing separation and soft spots that may indicate leaks.
Detecting Water Damage in Attic
In the attic, water damage is common near roof vents and chimneys showing damaged or missing shingles. The inspector will make certain the attic insulation is dry and free from mold.
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Identifying water damage is important during the home inspection process. Dealing with water damage and mold in a new home can be stressful and leaves you in a financial pickle. To help discover potential issues, call Lifeline Home Inspections and let us inspect your potential home.