Your home keeps your family safe from elements. Sadly, years of exposure and wear and tear can make your home prone to damage or problems. But you can maintain your house in good shape by ensuring a regular home inspection. Depending on the overall condition of your house, you might need a specific type of home inspection. This article discusses the several types of assessments and how they can benefit your home.
Although a new home building inspector may have already conducted an examination before you acquired your house, it might require additional checks under specific scenarios. This all depends on the house’s age, type of property, features, or location. So if you’ve been living in your home for quite some time now, it’s best to be aware of your options to ensure the house is in good shape.
An inspection of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system of your home should be a part of regular maintenance. It’s the best way to determine the efficiency of your house’s central heating and cooling system. If you fail to maintain your HVAC system, it’d allow problems to develop over time.
Usually, an HVAC inspection is necessary if there’s a questionable temperature reading from your air conditioner or furnace or there are potential red flags. The HVAC specialist would help you evaluate whether your unit requires repairs or replacement instead.
Such a professional would also carefully inspect the heat pumps, thermostat calibration, air filters, electrical connections, quality of installation, and safety controls during an inspection.
The roof of your house endures years of constant exposure to elements. So if it’s around 20-25 years old and shows signs of evident damage, like cracks on the shingles or algae growth, it’s best to consider a roof inspection. A roofing contractor can assess your roof and ceilings for any indications of damage or leaks and potential trouble spots, like the growth of molds.
By ensuring preventive maintenance, you can go a long way in saving on major repairs throughout your roof’s life span.
Foundation Or Structural Inspection
If you suspect possible problems with the foundation or structural aspect of your home, an inspection is necessary. During the examination, the structural engineer would check for foundation problems, such as sloping of the house, crack formation above the doorways, or improper door alignment. They’d also look for signs of uneven flooring as well as sagging roofs. All these problems could cause costly repairs and can affect your home and family’s safety if not addressed early on.
If your house dates back to the 1990s or you notice problems such as slow drainage, low water, or leaks around the house, it’s best to consider a plumbing inspection. Professional plumbing inspections can help you detect minor issues before they become costly major plumbing problems.
During a visual inspection, the plumber would check all the connections under the sinks and shut off supplies. They’d also inspect your water heater and water pressure status and the installation condition of your fixtures, as well as evaluate if your drainage is good.
Molds could do a lot in causing health problems in your home. They could trigger allergic reactions and respiratory issues, such as coughs, runny noses, and wheezing. To avoid any mold-causing problems in your home, consider a mold inspection.
This involves visual home assessment as well as air and surface sampling to figure out the type of mold in your house. During the inspection, the expert would likewise conduct tests to check humidity levels and water intrusion. In some cases, they’d utilize thermal imaging devices to pinpoint cold or damp spots behind walls, assess the damage if mold spreads, and suggest a removal method to use.
A general home inspector would be able to detect a potential mold issue if your home has a musty odor, stains on the walls or ceiling, or standing water around the HVAC units. When any of these signs are present, it requires further investigation. Any indication of water damage or visible mold may require a timely inspection.
The electrical system in your house should be in good shape at all times to keep your family safe. Issues with the distribution of electricity or lighting equipment are some of the leading causes of home fires. When your house had a previous owner and is already 40 years old or had significant renovations, it’s important to have an evaluation of your electrical system.
An electrical inspection involves a thorough assessment of any presence of grounded outlets, spliced or exposed wiring, incorrectly modified electrical panels, and other issues posing a risk to your family or home.
Whether you’re buying a new house or eager to know the condition of your existing home, getting a home inspection is the best move to make. If you want to ensure the status of the house, contact a professional inspector, who has the experience, skills, and tools to determine its current state.
Depending on the circumstances, you might need a specific type of inspection, as any of those above, to keep your house functional and safe for years to come.
- About the Author
Alex Grigoryan is a Professional Home Improvement and Lifestyle Writer. He has been in the industry for over 6 years and has been writing for Chique Home Living since 2019. His work has been featured in prestigious blogs such as Spruce Home, Better Homes & Garden, and more.