Water leaks are the second most common reason for filing for homeowner’s insurance claim, and billions in losses each year. Leaks develop like plumbing fittings, crack or flex and old seals. Hot water heaters, dishwashers and washers have seams or seams that eventually fail. Water can also enter the home page of faulty watering systems, faulty air-conditioning drains and roof damage. Structural home inspection is usually performed by an authorized professional when selling a home.
An inspector could start on the ceiling and work his way down. Signs revealing roof leaks include soft stains or soaked roofs, exposed decks, broken tiles or tarpaper. The accumulation of leaves and debris in the canal can trap water and lead to rotting of wood and leaks. Inspect the attic will reveal water damage in the insulation if there is a leak, and can be seen on the bottom of the floor as a bleached or deformed area. Defective pipelines can also lead to accumulation of condensation and water damage over time.
Pipes and fittings offer ample opportunities for leakage; Inspect for any wet areas. Sanitary fittings may leak from the wall or floor seal. Accumulation of putrefaction or wood mold is a sign of troublemaker. Faucets can escape out of sight in the cabinet space below, which attracts pests and mold. Water from the ceiling or floor probably means a leaky pipe on the wall. A broken sprinkler line can undermine the foundation through erosion and possibly cause foundation crack or buckle.
Water heaters usually last from eight to 15 years. Metal tank accessories will eventually develop leaks due to corrosion; Check carefully. The dishwasher may have a leak from the door gasket allowing it to collect under the cabinets or drain the water and filling lines may be cracked or loose. A hose from the washer could leak behind the washer and go unnoticed for some time.
Caulking or grouting tile becomes brittle and musty in time and needs to be replaced. Sealant leaks will allow water to get trapped inside the dry masonry where it is extremely difficult to see. This condition promotes mold growth and can lead to extensive dry walls and wood damage over time. Inspection of showers, bathtubs and sinks for good sealing to protect against water damage. Doors and windows should also properly seal to prevent rain and moisture from entering the house and causing wood rot.
Central air conditioning systems have condensed water route the unit outward through a plastic or metal drain line. The line may become clogged causing a messy overflow. Chronic exit will lead to putrefaction of wood. You can repair the leak by removing the blockage in the drain pipe.