Buying a new home is one of the largest investments you’re going to make in your lifetime. Think about it, you’re purchasing something that’s going to take you 15-30 years to pay off, depending on the amount of the down payment. The last thing you need is to walk into your new home and find that there’s water damage that wasn’t seen during the initial walk-through. Fortunately, there are ways that you can avoid this and ways that it can be fixed if it’s too late.
Spotting Water Damage
When you step foot into your potential new home, it’s important that you look for all of the signs of water damage. Sure, they may disclose that there’s “some”, but sometimes people aren’t always truthful. Fortunately, there are easy ways to look for this type of problem.
Check The Ceilings
Whilst you are taking a tour of the home, look up. If you see signs of a quick repair, such as heavy paint in certain areas of the ceiling, there may have been water damage. You can check for sure by going up to the next level and walking around. If the floor feels squishy or it sags, it’s been compromised by water.
Check The Floors
Floors that are saggy next to showers, toilets, sinks, etc., probably have been exposed to water damage. The water is rotting the floor, which could cause some major problems later on. If you are inspecting tile and wood floors, look for cracks and warping. If it’s carpeted flooring, feel for gradual rising under them.
Look For Rust
Locate the hot water heater. If you see a rusted tank, it’s a good indication that it has a slow leak. This may be causing a moisture buildup in the areas surrounding the tank, which can lead to damage such as warping and mold.
Not a lot of individuals are willing to jump on a roof to look for a leak, but it may be worth the risk. Missing shingles, damaged flashing, wind damage, or pools of water are all indications that the roof is vulnerable to leaks. If you aren’t comfortable with the height, call a professional and have the roof and attic inspected before you make that final purchase.
Untreated Water Damage
If you are willing to take the risk and not check over the home, the risks outweigh the benefits by far. If you have purchased the home, you’re already at a loss because water damage lowers the value of your home. It’s almost impossible to cover up and it just looks terrible. So if you’re a house flipper, don’t gamble on hiding the damage.
If you plan to stay in your home with the water damage and keep telling yourself that you’ll call someone, but continue not to, your home is at risk for weakened floors, walls, and ruined electrical systems. Wood soaks up water like a sponge and if it’s in one of the main beams or weight-bearing walls, your home could start to sink in those spots or even collapse.
Mold is another huge risk of untreated water damage and humidity. It can take as little as 24 hours for nasty spores to arise and make itself at home. If you have mold allergies, you could be in for some serious allergic reactions such as coughing, trouble breathing, itchy eyes, itchy throat, and so much more. It’s definitely not worth it to let the water damage sit untreated.
If you are in fact in the market for a new home, it’s vital that you check the entire house over before making a decision, that is unless you already know there’s damage before you buy. Even then, check it all over anyway. You need to call your local professional to get it taken care of in a timely manner before your whole home is at risk for potentially catastrophic events.