It has been raining all week here in Washington and I’ve been touring houses seeing signs of water in basements, windows, in corners and on ceilings. I did a little bit of research thanks to Dave Moersen of Home Check Home Inspections and the stats are telling. Only 600 sq feet of roof space sheds approximately 800 gallons of water after only 2 inches of rain. 4 downspouts emptying water at 4 different locations would each discharge 200 gallons of water. Most water seepage into basements is less than 20 gallons!
90% of property condition issues I see are water related so if you’re a home owner (or potential seller) look carefully for signs of water infiltration. During the next heavy rain that lasts more than a few minutes, walk around the inside and outside of your home – during the rain – with a flashlight and watch where and how the water flows. This will tell you want you need to do to maintain proper water flow on your property.
If you’re a buyer, look for staining, rotten wood, musty smells, and damp areas of the house.
For more information about property condition signs to watch for, please contact me. Brandon@BrandonGreen.com