One of the biggest observations that our inspection does is look for signs of water damage. Especially with our recent heavy rains and floods. There are many ways that water can reak havoc in a house. Our professional home inspectors check the plumbing to be sure it's sound and in proper working order. Some DIY jobs are a water disaster waiting to happen and when they do happen, the damage the cause can cost a lot to repair.
Water can also penetrate the roof of a house and leak into the attic. It takes some time, but eventually the water damage will show and the repair will be costly. It's one of the reasons we climb on the roof and into the attic areas of the house. Water penetration into the attic causes issues with mold growth and rotten beams.
The last place that water tends to penetrate a home is through the foundation. If it's cracked is will be very obvious, like a huge crack you can see from the distance, there will be significant water penetration into the basement and it will cost a lot of money to repair the damages. As a homeowner, just walking around the house it will be easy to see that the cost of the repair will be expensive.
The benefit of having a trained inspector doing the home inspection is that they can see signs of water penetration even when huge cracks are not visible. Water always leaves a trace and we know what trace water leave behine, such as staining or lime deposits. For someone not trained, they may overlook a little staining. A profession home inspector can then do a little deeper probing to determine the cause of the water penetration.
Soem of the other telltale signs of water damage include drywall and carpet staining. Since water is so predictable in how it shows that it was present, our home inspectors can spot damage to drywall and carpets. They can then investigate further to see where it is entering the house.
And if there is water penetration in the house, the excess moisture can cause mold to form. And to some people mold can cause very serious health issues.
This is where our inspectors training and experience come in handy to help determine the history of what's happening to the house as well as what's currently happening too.