Homeowners Inspection Checklist to Prevent Wet Basements
If you’re like most homeowners, inspecting your property is probably not on your list of priorities. In fact, millions of homeowners put off inspections until they are ready to sell their homes. They then discover serious issues that would have been easy to deal with had they been identified in the early stages of their development.
Periodic inspection of your property can help to identify issues early. With timely intervention, you can spare yourself the inconvenience of dealing with wet basements.
While inspection by a licensed professional is the best way to go, a regular DIY analysis of your property could save you thousands of dollars in repair and restoration of your home. You may want to include the following in your inspection checklist:
- Inspecting the foundation walls for damage
Check the foundation for bowing, cracking, water stains, dampness, crumbling and other signs of damage. If you spot any signs of damage, you should get in touch with a professional as soon as you can. Timely inspection will help you catch problems in the early stages of development. Addressing these problems will be easier and more affordable.
- Inspecting the walls in the home
After inspecting the foundation for damage, you should inspect the walls of the home for damage as well. Look for cracks, peeling or crumbling. Be especially wary when you spot:
- Signs of humidity such as stains, condensation or mold on the interior surface of your walls – These are signs of water damage.
- Horizontal cracks – These are a sign of problems in your foundation.
- Crumbling materials such as plaster – These are a sign of foundation movement that needs to be dealt with as soon as possible.
- Inspect windows and doors
Are your windows and doors sticking? Are they fitting too loosely? These are signs of foundation issues.
- Inspect your attic and roof
Does the attic have a damp or musty smell? Is there mold growing in the space?
Check the gutters and downspouts. Are they draining properly? Do they need some cleaning? Does the downspout drain close to the foundation?
- Inspect other parts of the home for changes
Is the banister on your staircase shaky? Is there a newly formed bump on the floor under your rug? Do you hear strange noises behind the drywall?
Be as thorough with your inspection as you can. Wet basements can be a thing of the past if you take the proactive approach to keeping them at bay.