How Do Home Inspectors Check for Water Damage?

August 10, 2017


There are many reasons to quickly address water damage after a pipe burst or flooding caused by weather. However, one of the most important is in order to maintain your home’s value. Even if you are not thinking about selling your home today, correctly restoring your home to a good condition in a timely fashion is critical if you want to get a fair price. The typical home buyer will include an inspection contingency in their written offer. If a home inspector finds a problem, this contract clause gives the buyer the power to rescind their offer, ask for repairs, or renegotiate the sale terms.

Water damage is often the most worrisome issue for home buyers because it is commonly a sign of other issues. Typically, a home inspector will start from the top of the house and work their way down. In the attic, they are going to search for wet spots on the ceiling, damp insulation, cracks in the flooring, and other telltale signs of a leaking roof or weather damage. As they move through your home, they are going to look for wet spots on or stained walls and ceilings, any warped or stained wood flooring, doors that don’t close correctly, and more.

They are also going to take a close look at your furnace, washing machine, even your furniture for the signs of water damage. A home inspection may also include an air quality test for excessive moisture and mold, which can become very costly to correct. Consequently, professional restoration after the initial water damage is critical. 

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Topics: Home Inspectors, Water Damage