Check for Water Caused Home Damage on Rainy Days

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Rainy Days a Great Way to See Water Caused Home Damage

While it usually never rains in Mission Viejo, we’ve has been catching up on a run of rain-deficient years with a vengeance.  The rain is a huge benefit to Mission Viejo home buyers looking to set their minds at ease that they’re buying a weather-proof home since water caused home damage leaves a trail.  If you’re looking for a home this rainy holiday season, take heart!  While it’s wet, uncomfortable, dreary, and usually requires the repeated donning of the dreaded blue booties to keep the seller’s house free from residual damage from soggy feet treading on their immaculate flooring, it is much easier to detect signs of water caused home damage in the rain.  Here are four places that I can think of to look for water caused home damage.

  1. In the rain, you can see if the roof leaks.  While you’re shaking off your umbrella, wiping the rain off of your overcoat, and donning the dreaded blue booties, set your sites on the ceiling.   Look at the ceiling in every room of the house for signs of a recent leak.  Signs of a potential roof leak would be a discoloration in the corner, side, or middle of the ceiling.  That sort of sign would need further investigation by a home inspector or roof inspector.  A gaping hole in the ceiling, with water pouring into the living room, would be a definite sign of a roof leak.  Or plumbing leaks coinciding precisely with a torrential down pour.  Neither one is desirable UNREMEDIED to a potential home buyer. Give me a remedy, and I’ll say you’ll get a good house.Water caused home damage causes discoloration on surfaces
  2. In the rain, you can see if the windows leak.  Keeping the theme of searching for discoloration in mind, look at all the window of the house while you have your blue booties on and the rain is pouring down.  If the windows leak, you’ll see it in the areas around the window sills or lower ledges.  The leak may be so drastic that you might even step in it.  Again, you want other professionals to let you know the compromise to the windows, the solution, and how to   remediate the damage.  But if there’s a reasonable remedy, you’ve got a good house.
  3. In the rain, you can see if the sky lights leak.  Look up.  Look closely at the skylights.  Is there a drip falling to the floor?  That would be the most obvious sign of a skylight leak.  Is there discoloration around the seal of the skylight?  That may be either an old stain or a new stain.  Enlisting the services of a roof inspector or a home inspector will give you more information.  Find the cause and find the fix and you’re good to go.
  4. In the rain, you can see if the yard floods.  As you tromp around the house in your wet clothes and blue booties, be sure to take your eyes off of the ceiling long enough to look out the windows into the back yard and the side yard.  See any small lakes?  See any burbling creeks?  See any signs of a drainage system inadequate to deal with a torrential downpour?  Get someone out there to take a look at the reason the yard isn’t draining and then ask what needs to be done prevent a lake or creek to form in any future torrential downpours.

Find a way to repair the source of the damage, repair the actual water caused home damage, and a way to prevent it from happening in the future, and you’ll have a good house.  Come rain or shine.

I'm Leslie Sargent Eskildsen, the Real Deal Realtor specializing in Mission Viejo home sales. Take a look at some of the homes for sale in Mission Viejo right now. Looking to sell, rather than buy? Check out this blog on Orange County home selling tips, and be sure to peruse other blog posts for more helpful advice!

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Comments (2)

Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale
Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260 - Tahoe City, CA
Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers

Leslie - Great tips and advice for home buyers shopping in the rain these days. It's not a lot of fun, but it is a great way to see if the home has leaks that will need to be fixed!

Dec 17, 2014 11:36 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Leslie, after a rain I went to preview a home and when I opened the front door, the entire carpet floor was 2" under water. I immediately contacted the listing agent to let them know there was a problem somewhere.

Dec 17, 2014 12:00 PM