Water damage is one of the most common issues in a home. From peeling paint to damaged structural supports, water can get into areas you can’t see and don’t know where to look for. This can lead to wood rot, insect infestation, mold growth, even dry rot.
It finds its way under roofing tiles on older or improperly installed roofs. It can get under step flashing along roof edges or rain through your skylight when you’re watching TV in the living room beneath it. Water can even flood your basement if the soil around your foundation walls is pitched in the wrong direction.
The bottom line is you need to know where to look to spot active leaks, failing or soon to fail flashing systems, and other potential sources of water damage like a water heater near the end of its service life.
Spending thousands or tens of thousands of dollars on home repairs shortly after moving in is something that every new home owner wants to avoid. Your inspector needs to know where to look and be able to understand what it is they are looking at.