How to Tell if There’s a Moisture Problem in a Home

When buying a home it is important to make sure there will be no big surprises. That’s where a home inspection comes in. And, as a home inspector for Minnetonka, we know one of the most essential places of the home to inspect is the basement. Every homeowner should be aware that most basements are likely to suffer from some form of moisture problem during their lifetime. With the spring we’ve been having, moisture may prove to be a major issue in basements all over the area.

That is why it is so important before buying or renovating a home, that you have your basement inspected by a professional home inspector. We’d like to provide you with some of the essential areas we will cover during a basement inspection as well as a few tips to help avoid or alleviate moisture issues in the lower level.

New home or never had issues before?
The first thing to be aware of is that even the most modern basements, which remain dry for years, can suddenly become susceptible to moisture infiltration, as settling occurs or conditions change around the home.

How do you know if the home is at risk?
A qualified home inspector from Amerispec can conduct a visual inspection of the entire property for signs such as cracks, dampness or discoloration, which could indicate if or where the risk of a leak is apparent.

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How does the water get in?
A thorough home inspector will investigate all accessible areas of the home, including the exterior, the slope of the earth around the house, the gutters and downspouts, the window wells and basement windows.

What do I do if there’s an issue?
Your AmeriSpec-certified home inspector can not only help to identify the source of moisture in your basement but can also recommend simple, low-cost solutions to address your problem. For example, did you know that simply directing water away from foundation walls or ensuring that your gutters and downspouts are functioning properly, can solve many moisture problems with little or no expense?
A home inspector from Amerispec will do their due diligence when inspecting a home’s lower level. After all, it is the foundation of the home.

Are you interested in learning more about a home inspector for your Minnetonka area home or potential home? Call us at AmeriSpec Home Inspection Service at 952-854-5110, or you can Contact Us.