In today’s modern world, people are still into buying old homes because of their charm and character. If you’re interested in this type of house, you should make sure to know the problems that may come with it. Check out the following examples:
Older homes tend to have older, possibly deteriorating roofs. This presents numerous problems, including pest infestations, interior water damage, and compromised (less effective) insulation. Problems stemming from a compromised roof, particularly once interior leaks begin occurring regularly, can cost tens of thousands of dollars to fix and may not be covered by homeowners insurance.
Warning signs of potential roof issues include missing or damaged shingles, crumbling roof cement, bowed or sagging gutters, persistent moisture in the attic, evidence of water damage in the upper floors, and critters in the attic or upper crawlspaces. Source: MoneyCrashers
If the floor is uneven to an extent you can easily see and feel while walking the home, the foundation certainly requires a thorough inspection by a structural engineer. But there are less obvious signs that commonly manifest themselves inside a home too.
Doors and windows that stick or do not latch properly can be caused by foundation issues, as can drywall cracks, especially over doors and windows. By executing a quick exterior inspection, you can check for bulges in foundation walls, or any section that does not appear plumb.
You can inspect the foundation for chipping and flaking, and if you see any, use a screwdriver to confirm the hardness of the concrete. Source: Forbes
Old or substandard electrical and plumbing
Rewiring and updating plumbing are both expensive and extensive projects, which is why many older homes still have their original knob-and-tube wiring and cast-iron pipes. Both pose safety risks, as an old electrical system can cause a fire, and corroded pipes can result in leaks and weak water flow. Source: Safewise
If you already live in an old home or if you’re just moving into one, we can definitely help make it safer for you and your family. Contact us today!
Kerrisdale Roofing & Drains
8279 Ross St, Vancouver, BC V5X 4W1