Home Inspections Tip:
One of the primary concerns in prolonging the integrity of a home and it’s structural components is preventing moisture intrusion or water leaks.
By regular check-ups on areas that may allow leaks such as plumbing fixtures, water heaters, drains, or the exterior “shedding system,” roofs, rain gutters, down spouts, siding, flashing, and proper grading around the home. This will in the long run help to prevent major issues later on. Also be sure if your carpets are cleaned they are not being over saturated allowing water to seep into the sub-flooring, floor joists or walls.
When selling a home that requires a home inspection, be sure to allow enough dry time for the carpet prior to the inspection so your inspector isn’t chasing down what he thinks is a possible moisture/water leak. Carpeted bathrooms are especially susceptible to hidden leaks or holding in moisture, promoting bacteria and fungal growth that can affect the inhabitants health as well as decay of the sub-flooring beneath the carpet.
Preventative maintenance on moisture intrusion and water leaks will not only speed up a home inspection process, but will also help the home hold its profitable value to it’s seller or current owner.
Article contributed by;
Calvin Benningfield of VIBRANT HOME INSPECTIONS.