Most Common Home Inspection Issues

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One of the most common times to have a San Diego home inspection performed is during a move, and this can often be a stressful time. When you are dealing with an unfamiliar property, sometimes it can be easy to dread your home inspection results. But having a home inspection should not be stressful, and should instead be seen as a positive and proactive action. A home inspection is intended to keep your home safe and to give you the chance to remedy any potential issues. Below is a list of some of the most common issues found by home inspectors – take a look and see if you can spot some in your home as you prepare for your upcoming home inspection.

  1. Faulty wiring: Faulty electrics is number one because it is a dangerous yet common occurrence in many households. Many house fires happen because of this issue, and they can be prevented – especially when noticed by a home inspector. Whether in the exterior or interior wiring, commonly there are improper or undersized wires paired with reverse polarity wiring. This means that hot wires and neutral wires are placed in the wrong terminals at the outlet, which can cause sparking. Other issues include having two electrical circuits attached to one breaker (double tapping).

  2. Issues with drainage: Draining can be more or less serious depending on the home, but it can definitely cause major damage if not dealt with. In many cases, drainage issues may be tough to detect until it is too late. Common issues include basement leaking due to rain, unsealed wall cracks, or poor gutters. Check around for water damage or mold to detect these issues.

  3. Ventilation problems: Improper ventilation is also a common problem that can become dangerous if not taken care of. The most common area that this occurs in is the bathroom, but this can also happen with kitchen stove hoods too. Bathroom fans that do not vent fully to the exterior can cause moisture buildup in areas such as the attic, which can cause health concerns from mold. Make sure your fans vent directly to the outside to avoid this issue.

  4. Deteriorating roofs: Damaged roofs are no fun, and fixes for roof issues can be costly or unsafe if you choose to do them yourself. If a roof is not properly installed, it will need replacing long before it should have to be, and this can also lead to interior water damage, drafts, or the escaping of hot or cold air. Make sure your roof can withstand the elements!

  5. Issues with plumbing: If your home has plumbing issues, this can lead to water damage, health hazards, and a great expense on your wallet. Other issues include water contamination and deterioration of floors or structures.

Why wait for your home inspection to find out about these common issues? After trying to look for these issues yourself, call us in for a second opinion.