Buying a Previously Flooded House? Follow These Restoration Tips
When you’re looking for a home, you’re looking for something that’s just right. If it needs a little work, you can take care of it with the right help (and the right price tag, of course). But what do you do when you find a home that checks all the boxes but has been flooded before? What if it’s on a flood plain?
It’s not always a deal breaker.
It goes without saying that inspections are needed for any home you buy. You need to know exactly what you’re potentially getting. Some homeowners will not divulge that their place has been flooded before and hope that they can get the sale through with nobody noticing.
Restoring a home after water damage can be expensive and time-consuming. You need to know the full extent of the damage and an approximate cost of restoration. Depending on the purchase price of the home and the cost of restoration, the home just may not be a viable option.
Go in with both eyes wide open by getting more than one inspection done. If you know it has had water damage before, or even if it is in a flood-prone location, ensure water damage restoration experts check it thoroughly as only they can.
Before buying a previously flooded home, all the places water can get to need to be examined. Professionals know how sneaky and pervasive water can be. They must check the floors and floor coverings, joists, walls, insulation, wiring, the home’s frame, crawl spaces, foundations, and supports. All the places that a regular home inspector often won’t examine closely. Wood can rot while concrete can erode. Every inch must be inspected for mold and damage of any kind. Assess and then repair or replace.
Any pliable surface will leach water like a sponge. Carpets and drywall are the most obvious. These materials are rarely salvageable. Mold, spores, and fungus can grow over time and stay hidden for years, affecting air quality and health. If the home you’re looking at has been damaged by water before, learn exactly where was affected and get written confirmation that drywall, baseboards, carpets and other pliable surfaces were replaced. Otherwise, have your professionals in water damage restoration and mold remediation provide a quote for restorative work and negotiate on the home’s purchase price.
Waterproof the Interior and Exterior
If the house flooded once, it could flood again. There are many protective measures that can be taken. Basements can be painted with waterproof paints and sealants. Mold and moisture barriers can be installed. Aqua shoes can be an added measure of safety to leach water from the ground around the foundation and then release it gradually back into the soil.
Grade the Land
Because water always flows down to the point of least resistance, prevent future problems by grading the land so water flows away from, and not toward, your home. Often it can be achieved imperceptibly.
When in doubt, always ask the experts who are available 24/7.
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