Properties with water damage can be very costly to repair. That’s why inspecting for water damage is a vital component of our comprehensive home inspection. We also recommend a water damage inspection whenever there are signs of a possible water intrusion. Even a small leak in the roof or plumbing system can cause extensive damage to ceilings, walls, flooring, and the foundation that can result in major structural problems.
Undetected water leaks can also lead to the growth of mold and bacteria. Mold is particularly troublesome. Once mold starts growing, the spores can quickly spread throughout the home through air vents. It can adversely affect the health of occupants in the house and cause severe damage to the property.
The areas of your home that are most susceptible to water problems are the kitchen, bathrooms, laundry room, and garage.
If you notice any of the following signs, anywhere in your home may have a water leak:
Also, floors that are wet or damp when it rains, then dries up doesn’t mean that the water problem disappeared. On the contrary, it’s a sign of water intrusion. If left unrepaired, it will only continue to get worse, and there is also the risk of mold. A water damage inspection can uncover moisture intrusion even after the surface appears to be dry.
A Certified Home Inspector will visually inspect the interior of the home using both a handheld moisture probe meter and infrared thermography to detect not only moisture intrusion but also the extent of any damages. It will provide clear documentation and photographs insurance companies require when reviewing water damage claims.
Homeowner’s insurance carriers generally react very quickly to water damage claims to mitigate any future damage. A thorough, complete, and accurate water damage inspection report will increase your chances of a successful outcome with your insurance company.
Water intrusion is a common problem in our sub-tropical climate, especially in older homes. Prospective home buyers should insist on a Water Damage Inspection by a Certified Home Inspector to determine whether the property has water damage.