Homebuyers should watch out for water damage

Unless it’s really obvious, you will probably not notice water damage in a home as much as an overgrown garden, peeling paint or a lack of light. And yet it can be much more serious than any of these problems, and consume huge amounts of time and money to rectify.
“Even a small hole in a roof can result in a rotting rafter or a waterlogged wall that requires replacing,” notes Berry Everitt, CEO of the Chas Everitt International property group.
“And this is just one of the reasons that it is worth giving even the best-looking properties a thorough pre-purchase inspection – and even paying a professional to conduct it if you have any doubts.”
Writing in the Property Signposts newsletter, he advises that possible water problems to look out for include the following:
* Roof leaks, especially around flashings, skylights or chimneys, and any downward water seepage into walls.
* Upward water seepage into walls from cracked foundations or a lack of damp-proofing.
* Poor drainage. Surface water runoff should drain away from the house and gutter downspouts should be directed away from the foundation.
* Mould, especially in bathrooms and laundries. This is becoming more prevalent in modern homes due to the increasing use of air conditioners, dehumidifiers and clothes dryers, and may require the installation of exhaust fans, the replacement of infested carpets and the repainting or retiling of certain areas.
* Poor water pressure, which can be a sign of water service supply deficiencies or the necessity for costly piping upgrades, especially if the home is fitted with old galvanized piping.
Issued by Chas Everitt International

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