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Top 3 Areas of Where Water Damage Occurs

Buying a home is big commitment. No matter the home you are buying, whether it is newly designed, or in need of some love, understanding the ins and outs of the home is crucial. Hiring a highly qualified home inspector is going to give you the information you need, but it never hurts to already know what areas you should be on guard for.

Water damage is considered one of the most detrimental problems found in a home inspection. It is extensive and costly. It can create problems with the foundation, or rot out areas of the home, or increase mold in the infrastructure. Here are areas that cause a home to be more prone to water damage:

  1. Water draining in the direction of the home. A slope that goes towards the home is potentially going to create all of the problems you are trying to avoid with water: damp areas, rotted and molded sections, and movement in the foundation. To check for problems with the foundation of the home, look at the windows and doors. If they are not lining up correctly then the problem is going to generate a lot of money to fix.
  2. Stucco not functioning properly. Stucco is a common material used on the exterior of the home. When done right, stucco surfaces will keep for a lifetime. When done incorrectly, it can create extensive damage. Stucco walls need a weep screed, which keeps the water from staying in the walls by sending it outside the home. They are found at the bottom of the walls. In the addition or renovation of patios and sidewalks, the weep screed is sometimes forgotten about and buried. This will cause water to stay inside the home and cause damage. Look for the weep screed around the home and make sure it is functioning properly.
  3. Roofing that has aged. Roofs have a material placed on them that help keep water from entering the home. The more aged a roof, the more the material has worn off. Depending on the type of roofing you have, there are different ways to check how aged your roof is. If you have asphalt shingles, the shingles will begin to bend and blister. They will last anywhere from 15 to 40 years. Concrete tiles will crack as they age. Lasting anywhere from 20 to over 100 years, they have more trouble with changing seasons.

A home inspection is crucial for providing you with information on the severity of the water damage. Know that if you have any of these problems, the cost to have it fixed is going to add up quickly.

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