Homes are often prone to water damage which can lead to structural decay and mold. A home inspector knows that water damage can be found all throughout the home. When water damage is found, it can be a major sign of other damages and more. JMark Inspections will share some of the common places water damages are found in the home and what it can mean for a homeowner.
Water Damage Outside the Home
Water damage outside the home isn’t much of a surprise with sprinklers in the yard and rain exposure to the home. However, excessive water damage can be a major problem for the home. Some of the places where water damage is more concentrated are around gutters and downspouts. Other areas outside the home that is prone to water damage is the siding, roof, and foundation. At times the home foundation slopes downwards, allowing the rain and sprinkler water to run towards the foundation. Water can damage the concrete foundation, causing the ground underneath the foundation to sink and the foundation to crumble.
Water Damage Inside Walls, in Ceiling, Coming Up Through Floors & More
Water damage can occur anywhere inside the home where there is piping and a drainage system. Water is most common in bathrooms, kitchens, and in the attic and basements. Basements are more often affected when water runs towards the home due to a slope. Water seeps in and begins eroding the basement walls. Attics will develop water damage due to roof damage or roof leaks. Missing shingles on the roof or the sealant around the plumbing vents and piping causing roof leaks. Other areas in the attic that will have water damage is around the chimney.
Mold from Water Damage
Homeowners often seek professional home inspections to discover the home’s maintenance needs. When water damage is found in the home, one of the first concerns is the presence of mold. Other problems with water damage is that water can weaken the concrete causing erosion and rot in the wood. A professional home inspector when inspecting a home will look for water damage all throughout the home.
Water Damage Remediation & Restoration
When water damage is discovered the homeowner will need to address the problem as soon as possible. First you will need to discover where the water is coming from. If the sprinkler system is hitting the home make adjustments to the sprinkler system to prevent water from hitting the home. Inspect the roof for leaks and seek other sources for the leaks in the home. After the source of the water damage has been dealt with, the next step is to repair the water damages. Depending on the severity of the water damage, there can be a lot of work repairing the home. In some cases the damages are minor, and repairs happen quickly. If needed, the homeowner can seek a professional contractor to help do major repairs to the home.
Home Inspections in Pasadena, Pearland, League City, Sugar Land, The Woodlands, Conroe, Friendswood & Greater Houston, Texas
Water damage is all too common and they occur in many homes. However, water damages isn’t always easy to see. Sometimes it requires the skill of a home inspector to discover them. For maintenance inspection services to provide homeowners with a detailed report on the condition of your home, contact JMark Inspections.