May 18, 2017 • Home Inspections, Inspection Services • By support
If you are buying a house, one of the best things that you can do is to hire someone to do a home inspection for you. There are a lot of things that an inspection will tell you that you wouldn’t have known otherwise. Below are ten common problems that a home inspection will find.
1. Poor Drainage & Grading
Two of the most common problems discovered when a home inspection is done is poor drainage and poor grading. If this isn’t corrected, this can lead to water seepage into a home, and that can lead to foundation issues, mold, and other kinds of problems.
2. Damage to the Roof
A home’s roof is what takes most of the damage from storms and weather, so it’s not a surprise that this damage is what the home inspector will look at. Damage will usually include curled or brittle shingles, broken or missing tiles, and missing or cracked mastic that’s around the vents. These kinds of issues may let water into a home and cause mold or water damage.
3. Faulty Wiring
Another common problem is electrical issues. This often ranges from reversed polarity, overload protection that is inadequate, inadequate amperage, wiring connections that are dangerous, and junction boxes that are open. The repairs that are needed will depend on the problems that are found and need an electrician to address them.
4. Plumbing Problems
Sometimes there will be leaks found around the toilets or under sinks. These are pretty common problems along with low water pressure and slow drains. Mold, particularly if it’s found inside the shower, isn’t unusual. It may be recommended by the inspector that another inspection’s done when a house is old so they can determine when it will be necessary to replace the pipes, and the cost.
5. Not Enough Ventilation
A lot of people will seal the attic so they can save on their energy bills, but sealing it too much can result in extreme heat and vapor condensation, and this can also cause serious problems such as rotting. It isn’t uncommon for home inspectors to note that the house doesn’t have ample ventilation.
6. Flaws in the Foundation
Foundation cracks often will be noted on a home inspector’s report. Other types of signs that could come up in the report include sticky windows, doors, and sloping floors.
7. Maintenance Issues
A home inspector will often talk about the maintenance issues on their report. Things such as broken fixtures, peeling exterior, and worn carpeting are apparent but often will be on the report.
8. Old Water Heater
A water heater will usually last around 10 years. A home inspector will report the water heater’s age, if it’s installed correctly, and any types of signs that it will soon need replacing, such as puddles or rust.
9. A HVAC System
The home inspector also will address your HVAC system and the report will indicate the system’s estimated age, condition, and reports that need to be done. A lot of times, the report will also include a review of the insulation and ducting of the house.
10. Damaged Gutters
Based on where you are located, it might not come up a lot. But bent and clogged gutters, too-small gutters, and the splash pans that aren’t diverting run off will often be common issues that the inspector discovers.
When you are buying a house, having an inspection is going to be a lot easier for you to understand what you are working with. The inspector should have the ability to walk through the process with you, so that you can easily understand any repairs that are necessary.
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