Happily, there are numerous ways of spotting possible issues before you have even purchased the property! If you are looking for somewhere new to live, watch out for the following water damage red flags:
1) Trust Your Senses
While walking through the home, be aware of any distinctive smells, especially inside the basement, bathroom, and garage.
If you can smell mold, note this down and follow it up. Search for visible indications of mold, such as discolored floorboards and walls, and if you intend to make a bid, use a reputable property inspector. Request that he uses an infrared device to analyze any suspect areas for water damage or mold.
2) Inspect Following a Storm
If you are interested in a specific property, inspect the exterior immediately following a rainstorm.
What direction does the water flow? How about the gutter runoff? Water damage can be avoided if the ground slopes away from the property.
Be particularly aware of the foundation and any crawl spaces, and check for moisture, because this could indicate water intrusion.
3) Inspect the Roof
Search for shingles that seem dimpled, discolored or loose, because these could be warning signals of future leaks.
If you reside in an area with high snowfall, look out for icicles suspended from the eaves over the winter. Although these might look attractive, they could indicate a dam of ice.
Should the roof be poorly insulated, warmth will escape and melt the snow. After this, once it snows again, that melted layer of sludge is trapped and could end up in the walls and roof.
4) Inspect the Door Frames and Windows
This is something you could do without going into the property. Walk around the exterior and examine the doors and windows. Are there any spaces between the sills and walls? Is there any peeling caulk? Does the wood seem soft or discolored?
This could suggest rot or water damage. It is not always the end of the world, however, if you opt to buy that property, be sure to fix and replace the wood that is damaged and attempt to find the water source so that your substitute wood does not end up the same way.
5) Keep Your Ears Open for any Leaks
If you hear the sound of dripping, then a faucet, sink, shower head or bathtub could be leaking – which is not a good sign. The leak might have just begun – or it might have been leaking for months, in which case the amount of damage will not be evident until the floor buckles.
Assuming that the property has a functioning water supply, inspect each faucet to identify any leaks. Switch the supply off and on, and ensure that the water flow stops entirely. Otherwise, you might encounter problems at a later date.
Seek Assistance to Carry out Repair Work
The Institute of Insurance Data reports that, during 2012, 17.5 percent of losses on homeowner insurance came from freezing and water damage. There was over $7000 worth of damage caused on average.
If you notice signs of existing (or potential future) water damage, you do not need to overlook that property. Speak to your property inspector and find out whether you can get repairs included in the price.
Carry out some research before purchasing a property, and you will avoid investing in a waterlogged disaster.
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