Key Indicators for Spotting Water Damage

When you set up an inspection appointment for the home you’re planning to buy, one main component our inspectors are trained to look for includes signs of water damage.

That’s because drips, leaks and flooding can cause major structural damage if not addressed properly and/or in a timely manner. Catching potential issues like this before buying a home can save you a load of stress and money in the long run.

Here are some important visual signs that often indicate excessive amounts of water have been – or are still – present in a property:

  • Staining – Water stains on ceilings and walls are clear indicators of past or current issues. Stains may appear yellow, brown, black or even as a faint outline depending on the severity of the damage that has occurred/is ongoing
  • Odours – If you smell a damp or musty odour that’s stronger in certain locations, mould or mildew many be present. This needs to be remedied right away to ensure occupants can breathe easy in the home and that no further damage, such as wood rot, occurs
  • Fresh Paint – While it’s common to see new paint present in a home that’s for sale, this can raise suspicions if only one room has been painted, or especially if it’s contained to one area of a wall, ceiling or floor. A fresh coat of paint in the basement is particularly alarming

If you spot any of these signs, be sure to have the home inspected by a professional immediately.

Our inspectors also know specific things to look for seasonally. During colder months, for instance, there’s an increased risk of moisture within a home’s attic space.

Plus, if the homeowner covers up signs of water damage and/or mould, our Warranty and Client Protection Program guards against surprises that weren’t visible during inspection, but show up after you take possession of your new home.

Have questions about how to protect yourself from purchasing a home with water issues that have not been repaired? Answers are just a call or email away.

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