Spotlight on Home Inspections

  • What To Look For When Buying a Home

    Buying a home can come with a host of challenges. One of the more important ones is looking for the little details that could later become big issues if they’re not taken care of. We spoke with veteran home inspector Brejesh Davda, CPI of Stinger Home Inspections for a run down of some common signs of bigger, underlying issues.

    Signs of Moisture

    Staining around bathroom fans. These may indicate incorrect venting, blocked vent pipes or a damaged fan which as a result could cause mildew or mold growth in the attic due to lack of insulation and moisture leaks.

    Efflorescence on stone and bricks. The white powdery substance is a sign that moisture is passing through the material, indicating deteriorated mortar, brick or problems with drainage. This moisture can cause a number of issues ranging from weak and crumbling bricks that lead to CO2 leaks into the home, to an unstable chimney.

    Cracked rubber hoses. Pinhole leaks from cracking and splitting typically occur in less visible areas, so the leak can go undetected for a long time. Replacing these with steel braided lines typically last 20-25 years; often outlasting the washer unit itself.

    Signs of Compromised Safety & Structure

    Melting or corrosion build-up along the top and base of the hot water tank. This can indicate problems with the exhaust and internal storage tank, which can cause a CO2 backdraft into the home.

    Incorrect deck installation. Decks require proper anchoring and flashing to divert runoff water away from the home. If flashing isn’t installed above the ledger board or around supports, water can spill into the wall system causing wood rot and compromising the structural integrity of the deck supports.

    Signs of Poor Ventilation

    Dark discoloration of the soffits and along upper floor ceilings. Attic air flow must be maintained to remove excess heat and humidity from the attics to prevent condensation and mildew growth. If there isn’t enough venting, or if the venting is incorrectly installed, the air gets pushed out of the soffits from the attic in cases causing the soffits to darken. This may cause moisture damage to surfaces.

    Do any of these signs sound familiar from your last walk-through? Even if you haven’t, we always recommend calling in a professional like Brejesh from Stinger Home Inspections to complete a home inspection before buying your dream home. For the rest, Team Kerr is here to help – contact us today!