Why is Water Damage a Red Flag When Buying a Home?

You have finally found your dream home and want to move in straight away, but there’s a problem. Any kind of damage can be cause for some alarm, but why is water damage a red flag when buying a home?

For Building and Pest Inspections Sunshine Coast North, finding water damage in a property is a big part of why we stress the importance of undertaking a pre-purchase building and pest inspection.

While it’s not a fun job telling clients we found damage, we take pride in doing our job to the best of our ability to keep you informed before you make your biggest investment

For further information or to book an inspection, please call us on 07 5456 2210, or send us an online enquiry here.

What Are The Dangers of Water Damage in a Home?

Aside from causing cosmetic damage, the problems with water damage in a home can go much deeper:

  • Water can easily be absorbed by the foundations of the home putting the entire structure at risk.
  • Movement on the structure brought about by an inundated foundation can create cracks on the walls that weaken the integrity.
  • If flood prone, then erosion is a risk.
  • If the drainage system is poorly-designed, there is a chance for sinkholes to develop and plants and landscaping to be destroyed.
  • Health risks – Water can contain toxins, bacteria and chemicals which can be harmful to humans plus, these areas of the home are likely to attract bugs and rodents that can have further health impacts to the homeowners and their family.

How Does a Building Inspection Find Water Damage?

While uncovering water damage is not ideal, it’s important to know as much as you can before purchasing a property. Undertaking an inspection is the best form of reassurance.

  • Sometimes the damage is not easily visible because it’s inside or behind the walls. Examples of this are leaks in the pipelines, electrical wirings, wood framings and furnishings.
  • We use a thermal imaging camera and moisture detection equipment as part of our inspections.
  • A trained eye can also spot swelling of timber and painted areas affected by water damage.

Why is Water Damage a Red Flag When Buying a Home?

Don’t uncover water damage the hard way, make sure you get a building and pest inspection done first. Call BPI Sunshine Coast North to book yours in today on 07 5456 2210 or send an online enquiry here.

If you are looking for someone reliable, trustworthy and thorough to conduct your next Building & Pest Inspection – Call BPI Sunshine Coast North today!

BPI Sunshine Coast North service many areas on the Sunshine Coast from Nambour to Noosa, Gympie and more for pest & building inspections, methamphetamine testing, tax depreciation reports and more.

If you have questions or concerns about your home, do not hesitate to contact Building and Pest Inspections Nambour on 07 5456 2210 or sunshinecoastnorth@bpic.com.au for your next inspection.