If you are going to purchase a property, learn how to spot the signs of water damage in an old house so that you know what you are getting into.
Feel for the soft spots.
Check if the floor sags a bit if you walk next to the shower. Do you see any water stains around the toilet or bathtub? These are signs that water may have entered into the floor causing the wood to rot.
Check for rust.
A rusted tank in your water heater could signify a slow leakage. Check the water heater for sediment. It must be flushed once in a year to prevent sediment buildup, but the previous homeowner may have neglected it.
Check for warped or cracked flooring.
Walk carefully along the tiles and wood floors. Do you see any warping or cracking? These can also be signs of water damage. Check for gradual rises beneath the carpeted floors which may not be as evident as with hardwood or tiles.
Run the water.
Turn on the water and check for a minute. Is the water clear? Do you hear air coming through the lines when the water runs? Both of these are signs of plumbing problems which need immediate attention.
Unscrupulous homeowners may try to cover up the signs of water damage instead of fixing the problem. Check for quick repairs made to ceilings, such as new heavy paint which may be covering the brown water stains.
Step outside the house and check the foundation.
Does water pool next to the house or is the yard landscaped for proper drainage? Check outlet “hoses and drains if there are any, to make sure that they are in good working order.” says Jared Dice, of 24/7 Drainage UK.
Inspect the roof.
Pools of water damaged flashing, missing shingles, and signs of wind damage can make your roof vulnerable to leaks. The roof and attic must be thoroughly inspected before taking the plunge and buying the house.
You must protect your investment. Check for water damage before you buy that old house. Your bank account will be glad that you did.