Moisture Inspectors and How They Can Help You

Every year, many houses sustain water damage. This damage encompasses everything from peeling paint and mold, to larger structural issues such as rotting wood and crumbling floor joists. Unfortunately, severe water damage can occur in homes without leaving obvious signs, making home-owners unaware of the problem.

Water damage can also be very expensive to fix. If, for example, a home has mold growing within interior walls due to a leak in the roof, then entire sections of the wall will need to be replaced, and the source of moisture intrusion on the roof will also need to be repaired.

Due to all the damage water can cause, and the expense associated with repairs, it is important to have a moisture inspection. Having this inspection performed before closing on a house will allow issues to be dealt with before moving in, and means that the purchasing price can be adjusted to reflect any remaining issues. This is important since many states don’t require sellers to disclose issues that may indicate a moisture problem, such as mold, nor do many insurance companies cover moisture damage.

Some homeowners and prospective buyers may be tempted to rely solely on a standard home inspection instead of also conducting a moisture inspection. Unfortunately, most home inspectors rely on visual inspection of the property and cannot identify most moisture issues.

What will a professional moisture inspector do?

Conversely, a professional moisture inspector will use tools such as scanners, infrared devices, and probe testing to thoroughly inspect a home and determine if moisture is present. A trained moisture inspector may also examine a house for leaks, and evaluate the quality of water drainage away from the home. An inspection will typically cost between $200 and $600 for an average home, with larger homes costing more. The price is determined by how many square feet the house is, and by how many areas the inspector needs to examine.

Having a professional moisture inspection done will protect you from a lot of problems when purchasing a home. It will also allow you to fix small problems before they endanger your home’s structural integrity or your personal health.

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