Evaluation the condition of the exterior walls is tricky because so much of the wall is “covered” and we are unable to see it. Let’s start on the inside of your home. All the outside walls should be checked for:
- Cold zones
- moisture or mould
- soft spots
- Other signs of damage or wear (this could include teeth marks or scratches – although not an issue where I live, termites, raccoons and other “vermin” can get in the covered spaces of our home and cause significant damage and can pose a health risk.
Pay special attention to areas around windows and doors (or other penetrations like milk doors or mail slots). Although signs of damage around these areas may indicate a failure in the window or door, it may also indicate issues with the siding or even parts of the roof.
So what happens if you find a cold zone? Does ice or moisture form? Is it always cold? Any drafts or air movement (try the tissue test or candle test)? Cold zones and moisture trapping can also be caused by air not circulating properly around a room. Blocked heat ducks, furniture and drapery can all affect how the air moves in your home.
Going into your basement to look at the walls and cement floor will be the place to start. Staining, white deposits and cracks are what to look for. If the basement gets damp or water infiltration during rain, there are likely more problems than you'll be able to see. Additionally, check the corners of your basement for signs of sinking or dips. Foundation problems are best left to professionals - assessments and repairs!
We're making progress with our evaluation but we've still got more work ahead of us! Thanks for stopping in and come back next week as we work more on our evaluation!
Good info on home maintenance