50 Super Dangerous Signs That Could Kill a Home Buy
You might miss some of these signs when viewing a home.
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Termites are a particularly troublesome pest, because they can cause serious damage to your home, and are notoriously difficult to get rid of. If you notice any of these wood-chewing creatures, or signs of their activities, it’s important to deal with them immediately! Here’s how to get rid of termites.
A sewer scan is done by a company that specializes in this service. A technician accesses the main sewer cleanout hole in the basement and feeds a fiber-optic camera through the sewer line that runs from the house to the city sewer at the street. This sewer line belongs to the property owner and any problems with this sewer line are the financial responsibility of the owner. If there are problems with the sewer line that routine sewer cleaning won’t solve, the repairs will be expensive.
In my experience, most sewer scans on old house reveal tree roots finding their way into the sewer lines and slowing things down, but no major problems. It’s the situations where major problems occur that make it worth having a sewer scan done. Sewer scans typically cost less than $200, and are usually scheduled at the same time as the home inspection. — Reuben Saltzman, Structure Tech
Big electrical items like overloaded electrical panels, aluminum branch circuit wiring, unsafe knob and tube wiring, unprotected wires, open spliced wiring, and any immediate hazards are frequently negotiated items. Find out the one electrical panel myth not to be believed.
Holes and cracks in your foundation can let moisture and water seep into your basement. Plugging them probably won’t solve basement leaks, but it’ll help. Hydraulic cement works great for patching holes in a foundation because it can set up even under water, and it expands as it sets to seal the hole and lock the plug in place. Use a cold chisel or an angle grinder fitted with a masonry-cutting disc or diamond blade to enlarge the hole or crack into an inverted “V,” with the narrow part of the “V” on the surface of the wall. Then follow the package instructions for mixing and using the hydraulic cement.
Tiny holes in shingles are sneaky because they can cause rot and other damage for years before you notice the obvious signs of a leak. You might find holes left over from a satellite dish or antenna mounting brackets or just about anything. And exposed, misplaced roofing nails should be pulled and the holes patched. Small holes are simple to fix, but the fix isn’t to inject caulk in the hole. You’ll fix this one with flashing. Watch out for these 17 warning signs a house could be a money pit.
Any furnace issues that make a home unsafe like combustion or venting problems are usually items that get negotiated for repair. But if it’s bad and the seller doesn’t want to fix it, it could potentially kill a sale.
Mold is something that usually gives buyers cause for concern and sellers will typically acquiescence to the repair. There are liability issues for a home seller who sells a home where mold is discovered later so it behooves a home seller to nip the problem in the bud. Find out the 39 secrets home inspectors won’t tell you.
Frost in attic
Thick ridges of ice on your eaves in winter are a sign of poor attic ventilation. Warm air that escapes rooms below gets trapped in the attic. Snow melts and the water refreezes on the cold eaves, creating ice dams. Here’s how to see if your attic has good ventilation.
Any kind of clog, leaking line or supply line issue is typically a negotiated repair. But if the plumbing issues start to mount, it could signal the end of a potential sale. Got questions about PEX? Here’s what you need to know about PEX.