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Gaps at the Windows - Inspection Picture of the Day

Home Inspector with Professional Inspection Services - Georgetown, Texas

Gaps at the Windows - Inspection Picture of the Day

There aren't a lot of problems that I have pre-written comments for when I do a home inspection.  I believe that every home inspection is different and each situation requires it's own unique text to describe the problems I find. 

One problem that I do have a pre-written comment for is for gaps in the siding around windows.  They're everywhere and I can almost guarantee that I will find them on every home I inspect.  I find these gaps or openings on all kinds of construction, new , old and everywhere in between.  They can look like this:

Gaps at Windows

This is from a new construction home inspection in Austin, Texas.  Unless intended, gaps and openings on the exterior surfaces of the home should be sealed appropriately to prevent moisture and pests from entering the home.  The hole in the picture above creates the perfect opportunity for water to enter you wall system where it can cause damage.  It also helps create an environment that is conducive to wood destroying insects and organisms. 

So, seal 'em up.  These gaps or openings are easy to spot and fix if you have an annual maintenance plan.  I encourage you to take a walk around your home and see if you can spot small openings and gaps in the wall system.  In many cases they should not be there and should be sealed to prevent the kinds of damaged I mentioned above.

Thanks for checking in and have a great evening,

Andy Chaudoir - Professional Inspection Services

"Your Home Inspection Connection in Central Texas"

512-632-3232 - www.centexinspections.com



Victor Zuniga
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services California Properties - San Diego, CA

Great home maintenance tips. This could turn into a costly repair if not treated quickly.

Sep 21, 2010 04:40 PM
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Lack of deferred maintenance is one of the major items I see while doing inspections today...

Sep 21, 2010 09:34 PM
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