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While on a walkthrough of a home, being able to detect signs of water is a valuable skill that may help you avoid making a bad purchase. Below are four signs of water damage that you can detect while walking through a home for the first time according to our restoration experts at Restore Force in Palm Beach Gardens.
A telltale indication of mold is must. If you detect even the slightest bit of a musty odor, you should have it looked at before making any commitments to the home. The main reason you should have a home with a musty smell looked at is because it is impossible to determine the extent of the damage off of smell alone. It could be a small pocket of mold growth emitting the odor in a certain area, or it could be an indication of a massive mold problem throughout the entire home.
If you notice any visible mold on a walkthrough of a home, you should be very hesitant before making any commitments to the home. Our team at Restore Force is available to come out and inspect the damage for you to determine the extent of the problem. From there, we will help you determine the cost of making repairs and whether or not it is still worth it for you to buy the home.
You might get a few raised eyebrows if you go throughout the home feeling the walls and floors, but it is important for you to know if there’s a problem. What you need to look for are spots on your plaster that have more give to it than normal. Usually, soft spots such as this are found near the bath or the toilet. If you notice one of these, you should have it looked by a water damage restoration company before making any decisions about the house. Furthermore, soft walls that lead to the exterior could mean termite damage, but that doesn’t rule out water damage as well. In fact, termites are often drawn to walls that have water damage.
If you see any walls that have paint wrinkles, it is likely that it was caused by water pouring down the surface of the plastered wall from a leak in the roof or a busted pipe. These are issues you should bring up with your realtor as you walk through and see if the existing owners are willing to fix the problem or if it has been fixed in the past. If you are worried that your roof is leaky, you should have that checked out before you buy because that is a much bigger and more costly repair than a pipe leak.
Being able to recognize these signs listed above can save you a lot of headache in the future by avoiding a bad purchase. If you do ever suffer from water damage issues, however, don’t hesitate to give us a call at Restore Force in Palm Beach Gardens.