Hidden water damage in your Florida Home
Water is a powerful force. Any doubt of this fact can be erased by a simple visit to the Grand Canyon. And while your home is in no danger of becoming one of the Seven Wonders of the World, water can wreak havoc on a much smaller scale.
Hidden water damage in your Florida home can come from several sources, some of which can be concealed for quite some time befor you become aware of the problem: floods, burst pipes, leaky roofs, seepage, etc. Many types are obvious, as is the damage caused by them. But even if you can’t see the damage right away, a slow flow of water can often be worse than obvious leaks. Left untreated, it can cause:
- Pipe corrosion
- Foundation damage
- Foul odors
Repairing hidden water damage can be difficult and very expensive. Depending upon the source of the damage, it may or may not be covered by homeowner’s insurance. In the case of mold, getting rid of the problem could be a monumental undertaking.
How can you protect yourself from this menace? A professional home inspection can help. Using advanced moisture detection devices, coupled with years of experience and knowledge of where and how to look and probe, we can often detect water damage long before it becomes a problem. Purchasing a house without a home inspection (even a relatively new home) can be a real gamble.
It is recommended that you choose a home inspector who is a Certified Member of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), Registered Professional Inspector with the Florida Association of Building Inspectors (FABI), and ICC code certified as a Residential Combination Inspector.
Photo courtesy Bruce Wingate, East Coast Home Inspections