Buying A New Home And Water Damage
Buying a new home can be stressful. Scratch that…buying a new home IS stressful. If you’re in the market for a new home, one thing you want to keep an eye out for is a history of water damage. There are many signs that water damage has affected a home. Finding it may help you reach a decision on whether or not to buy it. Signs of recurring water damage may prompt you to pass on a home. Or maybe there’s a home you have your eye on, but it has signs of water damage and you’re wondering if it’s easy to fix. Here are some things to look out for!
Let’s start in the bathroom. Bathrooms should be well ventilated areas. Many cities/counties have inspections that will require at least a window or ventilation system in the bathroom. Signs of mold aren’t uncommon in the bathroom, but heavy mold can be costly issue. Check around fixtures and make sure they’re secure. Weak fixtures can mean surrounding water damage. This isn’t always a huge fix, but it can be costly if it adds up.
The kitchen is next. Check the sink area and underneath it for plumbing problems. At one point we lived in a home with a leaky kitchen sink – and, no joke, the pipes under the sink were held up by a can of Pledge and a can of cat food. Every now and then it would fall apart and, well, hello water damage… Look for any wood related water damage, too, in and around cupboards and windows/window sills. Warped wood is a big sign of past water damage.
The living room area and bedrooms are probably least likely to show signs of water damage, but it’s possible. Check hardwood floors, look for frayed carpeting or carpeting that pulls up too easily, again around windows/sills, and look at the walls. Don’t forget ceilings either. It’s very hard to conceal a wet spot on a ceiling – even after it has dried – without completely replacing it.
The basement and attic are the most common places you may find water damage. Who hasn’t had a flooded basement? Not many! Cracked, peeling walls or stained floors may indicate water damage in these rooms. Use your nose. Does it smell musty? Musty smells mean there’s a mold issue somewhere. Even if you can’t see it, it lurks.
A few other areas to check – closets, laundry room areas, hot water tank areas. Look for rusted pipes – it could mean age or it could mean a leak.
If you are a potential buyer and you do see water damage in a home you’d like to purchase, don’t despair. You can work with the seller and our water restoration technicians to determine exactly what needs to be done to solve any water damage issues. From there you can make an educated decision on whether or not you’d like to buy the home.