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Water Damage – Identify It Early

How a Building Inspection Can Help Identify Water Damage

Water damage can significantly lower the value of your home or building leaving you with an expensive outlay on repairs. The best way to protect your property is to ensure that the building is not only structurally sound but also watertight and that is where a home inspection comes into play.

A quality building inspection is not just designed to assess cracks in walls or missing roof tiles. It is designed to help identify damage to the home as a result of moisture and the sooner issues are identified the better.

What areas of the home are inspected for water damage?

The two main wet areas inside your home, the kitchen and bathroom, are thoroughly reviewed in a house inspection. The external areas of the property are also inspected from the roof right down to the foundations. Water can find its way into a home in many ways so a trained eye is needed to spot potential areas of concern before it is too late.

Interior – Kitchen, bathroom and laundry

Whilst most homeowners can clearly identify the appearance of soft areas in timber bench tops and around taps, often the damage is well hidden. A home inspection will check inside cupboards and underneath shelving to ensure pipes are not slowly leaking. Plumbing fixtures are checked as well as drains to ensure they are not clogged.

Exterior – Roof and foundations

A roof inspection will check for cracked or missing tiles and mortar, however it will also review the drainage systems and roof slope. Leaks are common around vents and any rooftop equipment such as air conditioners; areas where we don’t typically think to look. Flashing, designed to prevent water entering a home where two building materials come together, is thoroughly inspected as well.

Any discolouration in the skirting boards inside a home can be an instant signal of moisture typically rising damp from the earth below.

A house inspection will give you peace of mind that every aspect of the home from top to bottom has been looked at with precision. You’ll receive a report from the inspector outlining areas of concern and where aspects are not well maintained or in good condition you’ll be notified. Click here to view a sample report.

When you are looking to purchase a property, a pre-purchase inspection should be on the top of your to-do list. Organising an inspection can be an overwhelming exercise however it need not be. Contact Action Property Inspections today. They will organise a building inspector to undertake an assessment of your property and let you know about any water damage before it is too late.

Andrew

About Andrew

Andrew Mackintosh has been answering home inspection questions in the greater Brisbane area since 1995. He has personally carried out over 20,000 building inspections and is a licensed builder and licensed building inspector, Member of Queensland Master Builders Association & Institute of Building Consultants.Being the business owner and the inspector, Andrew is passionate about providing clients with excellent customer service, value for money, honest, unbiased, thorough inspection and reporting in a professional and timely manner to allow clients to make informed decisions when purchasing property.

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