What’s Hiding Behind Your Walls?

What's Hiding Behind Your Walls?
You’re in the process of purchasing a home, and it seems like the perfect fit. All may seem well, but the pleasant exterior could be hiding some not-so-pleasant secrets. As always, the best way to uncover these secrets is with professional home inspection. Here are just a few of the issues that your home inspector could find hiding in the walls.

Lead-Based Paint
Lead-based paint is not at all common these days, but if the house you’re looking at was built before 1978 it’s something you need to be aware of. A full home inspection will help reveal the areas where paint is old and peeling and the risk of lead exposure is highest.

Lead is extremely hazardous, especially to children, so make sure you do your due diligence and perform a full home inspection and a lead-based paint test before purchasing a pre-1978 home.

A Termite Infestation
Termites are not something that is strictly covered during a home inspection, but if they are there then it’s possible that they’ll be uncovered during the course of the inspection. They often leave subtle signs that an inspector will probably be familiar with like sagging floors or “shelter tubes” near the foundation of a home.

If you do find signs of termites it’s important that you get a qualified professional to deal with the infestation and evaluate the structural integrity of the home before you make any sort of commitment. A termite infestation is nothing to play around with.

Dangerous Mold
Mold is perhaps the most immediately dangerous item on our list. Mold is often found between walls, under floors, and in ceilings and is especially common in new, tightly sealed homes because of the way they trap moisture inside.

Mold is not just a cosmetic annoyance, it can also lead to serious health problems like rashes and respiratory issues. Not all molds are harmful, but it’s better that you don’t leave anything to chance and ask for mold testing along with your home inspection.

Faulty Wiring
Faulty wiring is one of the most common causes of house fires, and it can be difficult to spot without specialized knowledge and technology. Loose or damaged wires give off heat that can be easily identified by a home inspector with thermal imaging technology, so if you want to be sure the electrical system is up to standard an infrared inspection is your best bet.

Bad Insulation
Poor or damaged insulation can lead to issues like being uncomfortable in your home and excessively high heating and cooling costs. A home inspector licensed and practiced in the art of infrared home inspections can spot these issues with no problem, saving you some discomfort and some cash.

After all the work you’ve put in the last thing you want to do is find out that your dream home is more like a nightmare, but it’s better to find out before you sign a contract than after. That’s why it’s so important to perform a home inspection before you buy a home.

Please contact us at Super Inspection Pros. today to learn more about our home inspection process or to schedule an inspection for your new home. You can also find more information along with some helpful home inspection tips at our website here.

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