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How to Inspect Your Home For Water Damage?

Written by Posted On Wednesday, 05 December 2018 04:18

We tend to deal with home inspections only when we are either selling a house or purchasing a new one. But the water leak inspection is something that you should do regardless of whether you selling a house or purchasing a new one and don’t even think about whether you own it or rent it. It is because not only the water damage Downriver Michigan destroys property and valuable things but also affects the health of the individuals in the surroundings. So, here are a few things you must do once every now and then to make sure that there is no water leak.

Check walls

Start by checking the walls because water damage is easiest to spot here. If you see the stains on the ceiling or a wall, there is a big chance that your building has a water leak. Moreover, don’t forget to take a look around the windows and door frames because people tend to skim through and skip inspecting these places. A leaky pipe or a drain inside the wall can lead to unusual stains which you can see on the walls and ceiling.

Inspect floor

Pipes run under the floors too and even if they are not present, you should not neglect checking it. The water can seep down to the sub floor or harm your basement so always try to see the warping or buckling which can indicate a potential water leak, especially if it is in basement. If you have wood floors, the dark or white stains can be there. For the individuals that have carpets, you may feel them damp and a little wet. Usually, people can smell some dampness and mold when this is the case.

See the pipes

Go to your kitchen and see under the cabinets, head over to the bathrooms and take a look at the sinks and surroundings, see your laundry room and basement and try to figure out if there is any corrosion. You can have visible leaks or simply water stains. Also, there are cases when you have missing or loose caulking which can be due to the water seepage. Missing grout, indications of mold, and wet spots, all can point to a potential water leakage.

Final words

So, these are a few things that you must do when inspecting your house for water damage. Don’t forget to check basement, attic, and exterior too. It is the best way to avoid your home and valuables being destroyed by water and the little repairs helps you in staying away from costly ones.


Listing Additional Info

  • State: Michigan
  • Address: 16235 Windermere Circle, Southgate, Michigan
  • City: Southgate
  • Zipcode: 48195
  • SOLD: yes
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