Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head
When it comes to buying a resale home, it’s important to use a good home inspector who will conduct an in-depth analysis and look for any signs of water damage. After all, no one wants to move into their new home only to discover a leaky roof or basement, with mould growing in between the walls. Water damage is an expensive issue to repair!
Here are some things that you can look for yourself, while viewing homes with me:
Typically, a roof is not meant to last for much longer than fifteen years. Therefore, if it gets to the point where the shingles are falling off, it is likely that water in penetrating into the interior walls. Not all inspectors go onto the roof and check it out. If not, don’t be afraid to ask. After all they work for YOU, not the seller of the home.
THE SANITARY SEWERS:
A backup in this system can literally destroy your basement. Many plumbing companies will offer a video surveillance into the drainage system to see if there is a possibility of problems in the future. Getting this analysis is well worth it!
Old plumbing is not always a bad thing, but it is definitely something to make a note of. Old steel pipes have a tendency to become galvanized. If the basement is unfinished, you’re in luck because upgrading the plumbing will not cost as much to get behind the walls.
THE RECENT RENOVATION:
Not all that glitters is gold, especially if there has been a recent renovation in the basement. The seller may be trying to cover up an existing water problem, without completely correcting it. It’s also important to note if the seller has put up new drywall, without upgrading the electrical or plumbing behind the wall.
Water in the basement is typically caused by improper grading. For example, the exterior ground slopes towards the house or the downspouts may not point away from the home. As a result, the runoff is drawn towards the foundation wall of the home and over time, can cause leaks. Outside cracks in the foundation can also lead to water penetration. Water stains and marks on the baseboards are a good indication of a leaky foundation.