Find Water Problems in Lower Floors

A home inspector could alert you to these issues well in advance and it might be worth the money to have an inspection.

We Buy Houses – Charleston SC: There are many troubles with a house that will automatically turn buyers away. The potential idea of having expensive damage repairs tends to make buyers continue down their lists for other possible houses to buy instead. Water damage may be the biggest trouble you can have that your buyers will see as a sign of big trouble. Look carefully throughout the house to find any signs that this could be an issue.

If you can identify possible problems before they occur, you will be able to proactively do what it takes to eliminate the trouble and the signs the potential buyers will be looking for. A home inspector could alert you to these issues well in advance and it might be worth the money to have an inspection done by a professional that will give you a written report including all areas that could need your attention before you put the house up for sale. Presenting a good, solid house in great repair will give you a much better chance of making the sale.

“If you can identify possible problems before they occur, you will be able to proactively do what it takes to eliminate the trouble and the signs the potential buyers will be looking for.”

To make a quick assessment on your own, start by moving whatever is placed against the walls of the basement or lower floors so you can get a better look at the corners and bottom edge of the walls. Using a flashlight for better clarity, look for dark spots, which indicate mildew or mold. Mold only grows where there is moisture so you know it’s getting in somewhere if dark spots are present. Check the corners very carefully. Dark, green, yellow, or brown spots, especially in the northwestern most corner, would indicate dampness seeping in from the outside. Finding crystal like matter at the joint between the wall and floor could mean that your wall is leaking it’s alkaline properties. If there is a place where your wall appears to be peeling, this would be due to a damp environment whether the walls are of brick, concrete block, concrete slab, or stone.

Molds and mildew are very unhealthy for everyone, and especially dangerous for those with allergies or breathing problems. Termites love the dampness. The foundation needs to remain dry or it will deteriorate, perhaps prematurely. Find out what you will need to do about it if you do find evidence of moisture in your lower floors or basement. You might need to put a sealant on the walls or check the grade around the house so it flows away from the foundation.

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