As a home inspector, we’ve traversed through countless homes, experiencing a variety of conditions and seasons. While a sunny day may be ideal for inspecting a property, there’s a certain charm and challenge that comes with a rainy day inspection. In this blog post, let’s explore what to expect during a home inspection when the heavens decide to open up.
1. Exterior Challenges:
Rainfall can complicate exterior inspections.
- Roof Inspection: Climbing onto a wet roof can be hazardous. Safety is paramount, and sometimes, a thorough visual inspection from the ground may be necessary. We will however, conduct a roof inspection using a ladder, provided there are no safety concerns. Our team will reposition the ladder in different locations along the roof line to ensure a thorough examination.
- Gutters and Downspouts: Assessing the functionality of gutters and downspouts is more effective during rain. It reveals how well they manage water flow and whether there are any leaks. So that’s a plus to the rain!
- Exterior Surfaces: Rain can accentuate flaws in exterior surfaces such as siding or stucco. We will look for signs of water intrusion, pooling, mold, or damage.
2. Interior Implications:
Rain can unveil hidden issues within the home.
- Windows and Doors: Inspecting windows and doors during rain can reveal potential leaks or drafts. Water stains near windows may indicate issues that need attention.
- Basement and Crawlspace: While it’s rare to find basements or crawlspaces in Arizona, it’s still important to note the potential impact of rainfall on these areas. If you are considering purchasing a home with a basement or crawlspace, it’s essential to pay attention to drainage issues. A damp basement or crawlspace may indicate inadequate water management, which can lead to future complications if left unchecked.
- Attic Inspection: Leaks in the roof are often only noticeable when it rains. During our inspection, we will carefully examine the attic for any evidence of water damage or leaks to maintain the integrity of your living space. If you our company is new to you, take advantage of our 5-year Roof Warranty, which comes with the cost of your inspection through RWS (Residental Warranty Services). To learn more about the warranties we offer, click here.
3. Electrical Concerns:
Rain and electricity don’t mix well.
- Exterior Outlets: Conducting an inspection of exterior outlets during rainy weather can help identify potential safety hazards. Our team will carefully examine all outlets to detect any damage or improper sealing that could pose risks.
- Safety Protocols: Rainy weather can add additional safety concerns during property inspections. It’s crucial to follow electrical safety protocols to ensure the safety of both the inspector and the property. In the event that breakers or power sources have been turned off from the main electrical supply, written permission from the listing agent or homeowner must be obtained before restoring the power to that specific item. As a homeowner, leaving specific instructions for such items is critical for a stress-free home inspection.
4. Mold and Moisture Management:
Rain is a catalyst for mold and moisture issues.
- Ventilation Inspection: Rainy weather can worsen moisture-related problems, so it’s important to take measures to prevent mold growth. One crucial aspect to consider is assessing ventilation systems in areas like bathrooms and kitchens. If you have any concerns, don’t hesitate to express them to the inspector when reviewing the report. We are always happy to answer any questions you may have.
- Basement and Crawlspaces: When it rains, it’s not uncommon for basements and crawlspaces to experience increased humidity levels. To address this issue, we take note of humidity levels that exceed normal levels. We inspect these areas for any signs of mold, mildew, or water damage, and use thermal imaging to identify any hidden leaks in areas of concern.
5. Communication with Clients:
Keep clients informed and reassured.
- Manage Expectations: Due to the unpredictable nature of bad weather, we will keep our clients notified of any schedule changes or limitations that may arise. We prioritize safety and ensure that every home is left in pristine condition. This includes avoiding trampling through the yard and dragging mud through the homeowner’s home.
- Documentation: Our team will ensure that any weather-related limitations are clearly documented. Additionally, we will schedule follow-ups as needed to carry out a comprehensive inspection.
Embracing the Essence of Home Inspection: Embracing the essence of a home inspection means confronting challenges head-on and utilizing them as opportunities for deeper insights. Rain, as an elemental force, becomes a partner in the process, revealing the true character of a home and enhancing the precision of the inspection.
In conclusion, every day in the life of a home inspector, rain or shine, is an exploration. It’s a journey into the heart of a property, where each raindrop acts as a storyteller, narrating the resilience, vulnerabilities, and unique features of a home. So, whether under the sun’s rays or amidst a gentle shower, the commitment to unraveling the mysteries of homes remains unwavering. As we navigate through the ever-changing landscape of inspections, let’s continue to embrace the challenges, adapt to the weather, and provide clients with the insightful evaluations they deserve. After all, in the world of home inspections, every drop counts.