Every home we inspect is unique, but a lot of houses have similar problems to look out for. Out of the thousands of inspections the Home Detective has performed, these five problems appear the most frequently when inspecting homes.
One of the most common problems we see on inspections can be detected without even entering the house. Roofing issues can be seen while walking around the home, and are one of the first things we take note of during an inspection. Sometimes homes with fireplaces and chimneys will have issues that are visible from the lawn as well.
Some of the problems we see when inspection a roof are:
- Ponding of Water– This occurs frequently on flat roofs with less slope than is needed for the water to fall off of the roof.
- Shingles– Shingles create an extra layer of protection from water and other elements. When shingles become loose or missing, the roof is exposed to elements that can be harmful to the roof.
- Gutters– While shingles protect the roof itself from water damage, gutters carry water away from the foundation of the house to ensure its structural integrity. Emptying your gutters frequently can expand their lifespan.
Improper Attic Ventilation and Insulation
Having a properly ventilated and insulated roof is important for a multitude of reasons. Some of the issues that can be caused by improper ventilation and insulation are:
- Roof Longevity– While the roof protects the inside of the house from moisture problems, it is also true that the poor ventilation and insulation of an attic can have adverse effects on a roof itself. The build-up of heat and moisture that comes from poor ventilation and insulation can shorten the life of shingles and lead to dry-rot of the roof decking.
- A/C damage– If your attic has improper ventilation and insulation, your A/C unit has to put in double the work to the keep the house cool. This can cause the A/C unit to have a shorter life span, which will cost you more money!
- Mold and Mildew– Humidity is a breeding ground for mold and mildew to thrive. Mold can cause damage to items stored in the attic and can cause respiratory problems for the residents living in the home.
Faulty or Inadequate Electrical Wiring
If your electrical wiring looks like a tangled ball of yarn, this could be an indication that it is time to get an electrician in to sort out the mess. Having tangled and exposed electrical wires can be a huge hazard. If the meter is not secured to the home properly, this can also be a problem.
Poor Grading and Drainage Around the Home
The grading of your lot should work hand in hand with your gutters to keep water away from the foundation of your home. Poor grading can cause water damage inside the basement, mold and mildew growth under structural floors, inward foundation wall movement, and basement slab movement.
Some of the most common plumbing problems we find on home inspections are leaky faucets, leaky pipes, running toilets, and aging water heaters.