What to Expect from Our Home Water Damage Inspections

What to Expect from Our Home Water Damage Inspections

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Rain Storm DamageAccording to the National Severe Storms Laboratory, flash floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States.

Water damage to your home is one of the most devastating events that can happen to you. It not only causes immediate damage to your property and possessions, but can also worsen the structural condition of your home if not handled in time.

If your home is in a designated flood zone, it is recommended that you get home flood insurance coverage.

In the unfortunate event, your home is damaged by water, the first step to planning an appropriate home restoration is to have a professional perform a full assessment of the damage.

The water damage inspection will let you know of what needs to be done to completely restore your home. This assessment should happen as soon as possible.

Structural Water Damage Inspection for Your Home 

For a typical water damage assessment, a professional inspector will start by examining the external structures and work his/her inside your home. For extreme water damage cases, you should take a clear photo and/or video of the initial damage for insurance purposes.

By having the structural condition of your home inspected, you will have an easier time deciding on the next course of action.

Here are some of the structural aspects that will be inspected during a water damage assessment:

  1. Exterior Walls, Doors, and Windows

Water can damage property that you probably wouldn’t expect. For instance, water can seep and collect behind the walls and put the stability of your home into question without you noticing.

During the inspection following water damage in your home, the inspectors will check for collapsed walls, cracked or broken windows, wet bricks on the wall, and more.

  1. Roof and Attic

A roof is the main line of defense against the destructive elements of nature. Any problems with your roof will allow water to collect in the attic and crawl down your
walls causing additional problems such as mold.

During a water damage inspection, a professional inspector will look for any areas of the roof that have damaged or missing shingles, damaged gutters, cracks in the
chimneys, and stains or cracks on exterior surfaces. Signs of water damage in your attic include a cracked or wet ceiling, walls, wet insulations, as well as wet vents and ducts.

  1. Foundation

In extreme cases, water can destroy the foundation of your house. After a water damage cleanup, you may still find some water on your basement floor. This is a
clear-cut sign that your foundation is not in a good condition. Apart from that, the presence of mold on your basement floor and walls may also be a sign of water damage on the foundation.

Why Should You Hire Our Professionals for a Water Damage Inspection?

Water damage in your home requires a thorough inspection that goes beyond a mere visual assessment. Our inspectors at Arnold Investigative Engineering are skilled and have extensive experience. We also have top-of-the-line equipment to ensure that
everything is thoroughly inspected.

For top-notch home inspections, contact us today on (512) 345 6620.

 

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