A Home Inspector Reveals the 6 Signs Your House is in Trouble
We don't mean to scare you…well, actually we do. We sat down with longtime home inspector Reuben Saltzman, and he told us some tales and shared some photos that were downright frightening. Much of the damage he's encountered could have been prevented if the homeowners had just heeded the silent signs that their house was in trouble.
Bulge in Washing Machine Hose?
What it means: The hose is ready to burst.
A bulging washing machine hose is an emergency. It may burst next year, next week or right now. But it will fail and it won't just leak—it will gush. In just a few minutes, it can do thousands of dollars in damage.
Replace Rubber Hoses with Braided Stainless Steel
What to do: Immediately turn off the valves connected to the hoses. Before your next load of laundry, you'll need to replace the hoses. Buy new baided steel hoses and while you're at the home center, invest in a pressure gauge that hooks onto a spigot or laundry room faucet. Your rubber hoses may have bulged because your water pressure was too high. It shouldn't be more than 80 psi. If it is, install a pressure-reducing valve (PRV) before you damage other appliances and fixtures in your house. If you already have a PRV, it may be set too high or due for replacement.
Stains Around a Bath Fan?
Investigate, Insulate and Run the Fan Longer
Efflorescence on Chimney Brick?
Fix the Crown or Call an Expert
What to do: Immediately have your chimney inspected by a licensed chimney sweep certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA). Learn more about chimney maintenance for your home.
Cracks in the crown allow water in (top left). Water that gets inside the chimney through cracks in the crown can cause efflorescence and damage the bricks.
Seal the crown (bottom). Small cracks in the crown can be sealed with an elastomeric masonry sealer, but a crumbling crown will have to be replaced. Smear on the sealant by hand, then smooth it with a brush.
Melted Grommets on Water Heater?
Get Carbon Monoxide Alarms
Decking Directly Under the Door?
What it means: Rot could be wrecking your house.
Decks that are built right up to the bottom of a door often mean trouble. Rainwater splashes off the deck up onto the door. That much water is hard to keep out. Even if the flashing holds up, water may eventually find its way through the door components. This can ruin the siding, door and interior flooring, or worse, destroy the rim joist and other framing components both inside and outside your home.