Checking your new Home
Water damage signs can be left in plain sight at times if you look. Grab a flashlight when looking at a home to buy .
Water damage can be hiding anyway but check the high risk areas at least.
Check the walls for spots and stains. Don't forget to look around doors and windows.
Check the floors for warping and buckling especially in the basement. Look for white or dark stains on wood floors, damp carpeting and a general smell of dampness and mold,
Check the piping in the kitchen, bathrooms, laundry room, and basement for corrosion around the pipe connections, leaks, or water stains. Inspect the caulking around the bathroom fixtures. Missing or loose caulking could be caused by water seepage. Look for missing grout or signs of mold. Check the water heater for wet spots on the floor and rust on the tank.
Check the attic for stains, mold, and other signs of leaks. The insulation should be dry and in good condition.
Don't forget to check the outside of the house. Check the roof for damaged flashing and missing, cracked, or curled shingles. If you see standing water anywhere outside the home, it could be the sign of a problem. The house should be situated on the highest point of the property, with the ground sloping away from the house.