Despite a lot of home inspection problems originating within the house, an inspector spends a great deal of time outside the home as well. While not expensive or difficult to repair in most cases, issues found outside of a home can lead to problems such as pest infestations and foundation damage. Let’s review five of the common exterior issues we encounter during home inspections.
1. Loose or Wavy Vinyl Siding
It’s not uncommon for individual pieces of siding to become loose due to strong winds. A common mistake contractors commit during installation is nailing the vinyl too tightly to the house. Proper procedures call for leaving the siding loose enough that it can move easily as it expands and contracts in response to temperature. Loose siding can compromise the watertight barrier around your house, causing moisture and insects to penetrate your walls.
2. Loose Bricks
Whether it’s used as siding or to construct the home’s chimney or perron, if brick becomes loose, it can impact much more than the home’s curbside appeal. If the mortar between bricks is damaged or worn, this puts the structure at risk of collapse. Loose bricks will result in a failed inspection, and a mason needs to repair the damage.
3. Holes in the House
Sometimes a contractor may drill holes into the side of the house to run cable or piping, but when these items are removed, it leaves a gaping hole through which water or vermin can pass. This also affects the energy efficiency of the home, as heat can freely escape. A home inspector will recommend these holes and gaps be properly sealed.
4. Unsafe Electrical Outlets
Exterior outlets are exposed to the elements. Rain, snow, and standing water can result in electrocution if not protected by a ground fault circuit interrupter. This technology senses when electrical current is flowing improperly and immediately shuts down the outlet. Experienced home inspectors will also ensure outlets surrounding pools are similarly protected.
5. Poor Drainage
A home inspector will ensure the graded slope is redirecting water away from the foundation and the gutters are in good condition. The downspouts should also be positioned at least six feet from the foundation. Standing water that collects around the base of the house can perforate the concrete and expand, damaging the foundation.
It’s important to learn about these common exterior issues, as they can cause some significant structural damage. Whether you’re buying or selling, you want to ensure the exterior is as problem-free as the interior. At Homeinex Corporation, our expert inspectors with cover all bases with our basic home inspection. If you require a thorough inspection of your current or future property, contact us today.