Buying a new home is a difficult and time consuming process. Yet it is important to put in the work necessary to ensure that you are buying a structurally sound home; otherwise you may end up having to go far beyond your budget where things like mold remediation are concerned. If you would like to learn more about how to inspect a prospective home, read on. This article will discuss two places to look for sneaky signs of water damage.
Water damage as the result of flooding or burst pipes is one of the most insidious forms of damage to a home--and also one of the trickiest to diagnose accurately. In order to turn up the telltale signs, you have to turn yourself into a true home detective. That's because you may not notice any evidence of flooding from just a casual inspection. Believe it or not, this can be true even of more serious or repeated occurrences of water intrusion.
One of the best places to begin your search is behind the trim located at the base of the home's walls. If you have any reason to suspect that water damage might have been a problem in the past--or if you simply want to be on the safe side--request that the seller or real estate agent allow you to remove a portion of the trim. Even if the walls show no signs of water damage, behind the trim you may find evidence such as mold, stains, or even rotted wood. Such damage is the result of water that became trapped between trim and wall--thus allowing moisture to wreak its havoc for a longer period of time.
Tack strips are the means by which carpeting is attached to the subfloor. Such a strip consists of an array of angled tacks that act to hold the carpet tightly in place. Unless a tack strip has become damaged somehow, it is usually left in place when installing new carpeting. For this reason, tack strips often provide telling evidence of prior water problems.
Request to pull back a corner of the existing carpet so that you can inspect the tack strip more closely. Light staining tends to indicate minor water damage in the past. This is often accompanied by a slightly rougher texture to the nearby subfloor. The heavier the prior flooding, the easier it becomes to detect. Rusty tacks and/or rust stains are a strong indication, as is smeared ink from the identifying labels printed along the tack strip.
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