Telltale Signs

Home Inspector with The House Whisperer

A good property inspector is always on the lookout for telltale signs.Crawlspace Silt Marks

A door that rubs its frame… Exposed electrical wires… Loose handrails… Missing smoke detectors, etc.

High water marks under a house; usually gets people’s attention.

In the photo, the bottom of a heating/cooling duct in the crawlspace is rusted in a straight line… A telltale sign that the duct sat in water approximately 6-8” deep.

This isn’t good. Who knows what grows inside a duct when water intrudes. Can’t be healthy.

High water marks or silt marks can occur when:
-There are no installed roof gutters
-Downspouts discharge water next to the foundation
-There’s a negative grade (the yard slopes towards the house)
-A surface drainage grate becomes clogged during a heavy rain
-A water supply pipe leaks or breaks

The source of the water accumulation under a house should be identified and steps taken to minimize water intrusion.

Comments (4)

Nathan Rufty - 909-503-5600
Canopy Mortgage, LLC - Surprise, AZ
Mortgage Loan Originator at 909-503-5600

Is water the number 1 cause damage to a home?

Feb 17, 2012 12:43 PM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Water can cause so many problems for homeowners when they ignore the signs!

Feb 17, 2012 12:59 PM
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

The thing about "telltale signs" is that you have to have both common sense and experience to be good at detecting the problem Glenn. Obviously you have both, thanks forthe informative post.

Feb 17, 2012 04:05 PM
Kevin A. Guttman-Author, ReverseMortgageSpecialist
NMLS #384936 - Colorado Springs, CO

Great advice Glenn! Thanks for the tips!

Feb 18, 2012 12:54 AM