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Six Indicators That You Have Water Problems
Your home can be a magnet for water issues, any one of which can grow proportionately and become a major problem if not properly treated. Here are a few of the more obvious indicators that your home may have a water damage problem.
Foundations that crack due to shabby construction or low grade materials. These are common problems in older homes, but may be found in new constructs as well. Remember that any crack can allow access to the home by groundwater, and in no time flat you have issues with dampness, humidity, mold, you name it. Make sure your home is built on a firm foundation.
A sagging roof is another culprit when it comes to water damage. Roofs can sag under too much weight, be it from water , ice, snow, or debris, and even from too many layer of shingles piled one atop the other. A sagging roof presents not just the potential for water damage, but also injury to persons who may be in the wrong place when the roof finally gives.
Sloping floors mean water problems, especially in turn of the century housing. The slope may mean the difference of five inches or more of water from one side of the home to the other. Sloping floors may also be an indicator of the weakness of the home’s supporting structures. Be sure that floors are properly leveled curing construction and repair.
Improperly sealed windows and doors may be the result of the house settling, and as such may allow cool air or heat to escape, driving up your electric and heating bills, as well as allowing access to your home’s interior by water.
Your home’s siding may also fail, which eliminates protection from the elements. You want to use high quality, durable siding on your home, a few steps above the average builder’s grade materials.
Lastly, if you find mold or water stains on ceilings and walls, then you already have a water or flooding problem. The longer it remains, the more damage it will do.
If you find any of these problems when shopping for a home, do not hesitate to use the inspector’s report to negotiate for a lower price. Then open a savings account that will be committed to funding any needed repairs.