Moisture intrusion is something no homeowner wants to deal with, not only can it cause poor indoor air quality, but it can also mean costly repair bills and even reduce the value of your property. Preventing this from happening in the first place is an important step to take so, where are you most likely to find moisture problems in the home?
The roof is a major cause of water intrusion so you should check that it has sufficient slope to allow for proper drainage. You will also want to check the flashings on the roof as they can leak water. Make sure that your gutters and downspouts are cleaned out regularly to prevent clogs that can cause water intrusion. You should also make sure that downspouts are positioned in such a way that allows water to drain away from the house and not pool around the foundations.
High levels of indoor humidity can be another source of moisture issue in a home. If you start noticing musty odors resulting in bad air quality, this is a sign that it is becoming a problem. You may also observe stains have started to appear on ceilings and walls. To help reduce the effects of the humidity, clean and dry any areas or surfaces where you see moisture collecting. Dehumidifiers will help with this also.
Many water intrusion problems come from the home’s plumbing system. If you notice any leaks, dripping pipes, and blocked drains, etc. fix the problem immediately, even if they only appear small. Another area you may find moisture is a problem is in the foundations and walls of the home. Over time, cracks and holes can form in these areas which allows water in. Seal up any holes or cracks that you observe.
These are just a few of the areas in the home susceptible to moisture intrusion. If you have questions related to this or any other home inspection query, please don’t hesitate to contact us.