Let’s begin with the roof as this is an area that is highly susceptible to moisture intrusion. Flashings, if not done correctly, can tend to leak so it’s a good idea to check them periodically. The roof itself should also have the right amount of slope to allow for adequate drainage. Another common cause of water intrusion is blocked gutters and downspouts. These should be cleaned out regularly. You should also check that downspouts are positioned so that water drains away from the home and isn’t gathering around the foundations.
Cracks and holes often form in the walls and foundations of a home over time, making them more vulnerable to water intrusion. If you have noticed this, you will want to seal them up as soon as possible. Another area at high risk is the plumbing system. Do not ignore dripping pipes, leaking fixtures or blocked drains, etc. as these are a big cause of water intrusion.
If there are high levels of humidity indoors this can also create issues with moisture intrusion. Some of the signs of this becoming a problem is staining on walls and ceilings, poor quality indoor air, and musty smelling odors. One way to help prevent this is by cleaning and drying any surfaces where you see moisture collecting, including windows.
If you are concerned about water intrusion in your home, please feel free to contact us. Perhaps you would benefit from a home inspection.