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Typical Home Inspections—What They Don’t Say

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It’s what is not included in an inspection that’s important

A typical home inspection does not include looking for insect or animal infestations, cracks that cause water damage, or mold. E-gads! Most people assume that these dastardly home damaging items are a part of every home inspection punch list, but inspectors are not licensed to find them.

Mold, rats, termites, oh my!

Your inspector may note that the floors are spongy or saggy and may be evidence of termites or that your insulation is torn and tattered and is possibly caused by rats, or that the black junk on the walls might be evidence of growing fungus however; to prove that it indeed is termite, rodent, or mold infestation, you need to hire a specialist.

Don’t take a dive into unknown waters

Is your home inspector certified for all types of damage to your property? If your home has a swimming pool, for instance, they may turn on the pump or heater to ensure working condition but may not look for cracks that cause leaks and ultimately water damage. To get to the bottom of what is really going on, you may need to hire a septic systems expert or a property damage expert. A pool leak could cause significant flood damage issues considering the amount of water that contains.

Roof walking, or not?

Your inspector is not required to get onto the roof to inspect it. If the roof is more than one story high, and the weather is bad, they may stay squarely planted on the ground—taking notes from there. Walking the roof is the way a true property damage specialist will inspect it, looking for damaged gutters, loose or missing shingles, or clogged downspouts as well as the general condition of the roof.  In addition,  a specialist will check inside the home for areas that appear to be compromised from the outside, causing leaks.

Call a property damage expert If your home inspection even slightly eludes to termites, rats, mold, cracks, leaks, or missing shingles. A free consultation can help to eliminate the possibility of damage that can be hidden from the naked eye of a novice.  Advance Restoration specializes in property damage from water damage to fire damage, roof damage to mold remediation and, with our free inspection promotion, there is nothing to lose.

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