When looking for a new home to invest your money and your life in, there are many elements people consider about the house itself. They want to make sure the HVAC system is up to par, the electrical and plumbing systems are efficient, and doors and windows are working, the structure itself is in good condition and there are no flaws or serious issues. However, few consider the crawl space and attic space and these areas should be included in the priorities. The professionals of JMark Inspections ensure the crawlspace and attic is not overlooked to ensure there are no issues during our comprehensive home inspection. With this in mind, we at JMark Inspections would like to share the potential issues in the crawlspace and attic that is often overlooked and that we look for during our in-depth inspect service.
Cracked Rafter Damage
A roof inspection on its own, does not always show any defects that might be within the attic’s structure. Though the roof may appear strong and secure, it does not reflect the condition of the attic’s structure. The attic’s structure may be faced with broken or faulty rafters, trusses, and with the inspection you can find this underlying problem.
Signs of Previous Smoke and/or Fire Damage
Discoloration of the natural wood from the rafters are often noticed during in the inspection, which is an indication the house has a past fire/smoke event. A major fire likely occurred if the wood is scorched or black.
Integrity of Attic Insulation
It is a common occurrence where the inspector discovers that the home is not sufficiently insulated. The major problem that stems from poor insulation is the increasing higher cooling and heating costs. This can potentially be one of contributing factors as to whether you purchase the home or not. On the other, the insulation may be efficient, making it an ideal quality.
Water Leak Damage in Attic or Crawl Space
A rather expensive problem to fix, is having the water damage in the attic or crawlspace. Inspectors typically look for water staining along the wood supports and the walls, being that water flows from the top down. This is likely an indication the roof has a leak or has had leaks.
Access to Attic from Chimney
Where many Texas homes do not utilize a chimney for the most part, they are still common enough to mention. The interior of the chimney in full can be difficult to inspect, and often, the inspector inspects the solidity of the structure through gaining access in the attic. Cracks in the bricks, crumbling mortar, and other signs of decay is looked for during the inspection process to see how durable the chimney is.
Pest Damage in Attic or Crawlspace
There are a number of rodents and wildlife that can be infesting the crawlspace and attic, leaving behind waste and other signs of damage. They can loosen boards, accelerate decay, and even leave health risks in their wake.
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