The previous blog discussed how a home inspection could help you make an informed decision. In this article, we will continue the said list. As you read, you will better understand what a home inspection is all about.
You are ready to make that big step to real estate investment with the information provided here. Always remember that a home inspection can help make the decision-making process easier.
Mold is a type of fungus that grows on organic material. It can be found anywhere in the environment. Houses are not exempted from this.
Mold is dangerous because it can lead to respiratory problems, deadly allergies, and cavities. That is why it is essential to control the growth of mold. Home inspection services can help you identify areas susceptible to mold. It can also tell what type of mold is growing on the walls and other places.
Home inspectors can check the attic. It is a common place where mold grows. They can also check the basement and the backyard. These places can be breeding grounds for mold.
Some types of mold can be found in the walls. Inspectors will usually find them behind the walls. They can check the ceiling. Inspectors can check the outlets and the wires because mold can grow on them.
Can Spot Termite Infestation and Other Wood-Destroying Organisms
Termites are dangerous insects that can destroy a home’s foundation. They can dig tunnels under the floors and ceilings to eat the solid material. Unfortunately, you cannot easily see the damage they have caused.
A home inspector can point out the termites’ tunneling paths. He can also check the support posts and the beams to see if they are still firm or if termites have eaten them.
A home inspector can inspect the attic and the basement. He will use moisture meters to check the moisture level in the walls. It is a sign that termites are already eating the house.
Another type of wood-destroying insect is the powder-post beetle. These beetles mostly eat the wood with lignin. They create tunnels within the wood as they eat.
The holes they make can be tiny, but inspectors can use unique lights to check these holes. They are more likely to find the beetles’ tunnels on medium to softwood.
Obsolete Plumbing Systems and Issues
Different houses have different plumbing systems. A home inspector can determine whether the system is working because he will check the water pressure, the flow rate, the pressure relief valve, and the pressure tank.
The inspector will also check the age of the pipes. He can also check the sinks, the showers, the faucets, and the garbage disposal.
The home inspector will check the gas supply pipes. He can check the different valves and the recent repairs to the gas supply pipes. He will review the vents and fans to see if they work correctly.
The inspector can check the vents and the shut-off valves for the water and gas supply lines. These are essential areas where leaks can occur.
As stated earlier, it is wise to use a home inspection service to check your house thoroughly before buying it. There are a lot of areas that can be compromised that you may not have the necessary knowledge to see things. Moreover, hiring an inspector can help you see the pros and cons of each option.
Before you make that leap of faith, you should contact AEI Inspections for a thorough home inspection in your Tulsa property. We can identify all possible problems, so that you can determine if the investment is worth it. Schedule an appointment now, so that we can carefully examine your new place!